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The Lord Is My Shepherd-Part I

The Lord is My Shepherd-Part I
Seventeen Promises & Blessings From God

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. Psalms 23:1-6 (NKJV)

We are given thousands upon thousands of promises and reassurances throughout scriptures in the Bible, but I think that one of the most reassuring promises that we as believer's can receive is that of Psalm 23. A quick read of this scripture can immediately bring a calming peace and a bright hope regardless of what we are facing.

I thought we would look at 17-"Promises" and "Blessings" that God offers us through this Psalm as we break down the verses contained within. I will also provide an additional proof text scripture for each of these things promised contained within this Psalm.

1. The promise & blessing: The Lord is my Shepherd:

What's it mean to us? We are now God's Children - what an awesome privilege! We are given a relationship with Him when we make Him our personal Lord and Savior. Knowing that we are His children, why would we want to walk away like a sheep leaving the flock? Being a part of God's flock will cause us to stand out against others in this world. We must understand that many because of this will not receive us. Jesus knows how we feel because the world didn't receive Him either.

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1John 3:1 (NKJV)

2. The Promise & Blessing: I Shall not want:

What's it mean to us? God takes care of His children and He supplies all of our needs. Notice that I said "Needs" and not "Wants". So often we think we are deprived because we can't always have the latest and greatest new cool thing. When we seek the Lord in a personal relationship, we will find that we are content, and we start to desire less stuff. A sure indicator of whether we are keeping our eyes upon Him or not is our contentment. Take a look back at the times where you have found yourself not being content, and you will see where your walk was suffering as well.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)

3. The Promise & Blessing: He makes me to lie down in green pastures:

What's it mean to us? God gives us the rest we need - all we need to do is to come to Him. Every time that I have found myself mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted, I can usually trace it to my spiritual walk.

There will be times where we just flat get tired, but there are also times where we are striving in our flesh to do the things that we think need to be done - not asking God for His guidance, help or direction - these are the times when we go face down. God will allow these times to get us to understand that we are walking and doing things that He didn't ask us to do. It doesn't mean that these are bad things - just not things that He has called us to do.

When we are doing those things He has called us to do, we will find that He gives us rest when we need it.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, I want to encourage you today to think about these 3-blessings. Meditate upon them because they are huge to us who call Jesus Savior.

In our next part of this devotional series, we will look at the next set of promises and blessings that God has made to His children within this great Psalm.

STUDY QUESTION: What Three promises are contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: How do these promises and blessings impact your view today?

APPLICATION: Keep these promises and blessings at the front of your mind for when you are facing tough times, because they will encourage you and help you to see the big picture and understand that our God is a mighty God who saves and provides - what a peace!

Father, Thank You that I can be called a child of God. I give You all the glory and honor for everything good in my life. Help me today with wisdom, guidance and direction as I confess my dependence upon You. In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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