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Wednesday, June 26, 2024 (Paula)

Posted on by Josh Heppner 0 comments
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most well known passages of scripture.  Thanks to my Sunday school teachers and parents, I memorized it as a child. I’ll admit that it was rehearsed without conviction, as learned by rote.  But as I have grown in faith and lived life, it’s become such a comfort to me. Because it’s in my long term memory, I can use it as a tool of truth when I need it most.

This version I’m sharing with with you has added summary statements in parentheses that help us focus on the meaning. I pray this Psalm written by David is an encouragement to your heart today.

Slow down and really read it. Allow it to minister to you.

“The Lord is my Shepherd-
     (That’s relationship)

I shall not want-
     (That’s supply)

He makes me lie down in green pastures-
     (That’s rest)

He leads me beside still waters-
     (That’s refreshment)

He restores my soul-
     (That’s healing)

He leads me in the paths of righteousness-
     (That’s guidance)

For His namesake-
     (That’s purpose)

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death-
     (That’s testing)

I will fear no evil-
     (That’s protection)

For you are with me-
     (That’s faithfulness)

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me-
     (That’s counsel)

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies-
     (That’s hope)

You anoint my head with oil-
     (That’s consecration)

My cup runneth over-
     (That’s abundance)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life-
     (That’s blessing)

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord-
     (That’s security)

     (That’s eternity)

I’m praying that you experience the Lord as your Shepherd today.

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