Daily Word #18: New Ways to Think About Psalm 23 Part 3
Psalm 23 (KJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 is one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. Many of us learned it in Sunday school, but many persons even none believers and persons who are not regulars in church know or have heard the scripture or seen it somewhere before. When verses or chapters become so familiar, we tend to pay little attention to its meaning. However, if we are serious about the word of God, we should remember the Bible is a living document (Hebrews 4:12), and The Word of God always has something new to teach us (2 Timothy 3:16–17).
Have You lost sight of God’s faithfulness?
Referring to part one of this series, we learned that sometimes in the various valleys of life, we may take on a “woe is me” attitude which may lead us to completely ignore all of the blessings from God.
Now, in Psalm 23:5-6, these verses are saying that if we could have put our blessings into a cup, they would run/flow over the top, God's goodness and His mercy will follow us everywhere, and we will spend eternity with God which is the ultimate blessing!
Now if you ask yourself, “Have I lost sight of God’s faithfulness?” and if the answer is maybe or yes, an excellent way to start recovery, from these valley moments, is to make a day to day list of all the ways that God has been and is continually being faithful to you. (Feel free to comment below) This list will show you that even on your worst of days, God’s blessings are still overflowing in your life if you honestly look for them. And as a bonus, you will feel your spirit lift as you write. You'll soon see that you literally cannot dwell on bad thoughts and the blessings of God at the same time. Just give it a try.
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