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The Lord Is My Shepherd-Part V

The Lord is My Shepherd-Part V
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 looking at a devotional series based on Psalm 23 and the promises and blessings that are contained within it. A quick read of this scripture can immediately bring a calming peace and a bright hope regardless of what we are facing. God knew this and provided it for exactly this reason. As we break down the verses contained within it, we find a total of 17-promises and blessings that we are given as His children. In our first four parts of this devotional we looked at the first 10-promises and blessings, which were:

1. The Lord is my Shepherd: We are God's Children
2. I Shall not want: Our needs will be supplied.
3. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: We will be given rest by God.
4. He leads me besides the still waters: God will refresh us.
5. He restores my soul: God will heal us.
6. He leads me in the path of righteousness: God will guide our paths.
7. For His name's sake: God will give us purpose for everything we do.
8. Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death: God will complete us and transform us with testing in our life.
9. I will fear no evil: God will protect His Children.
10. For You are with me: God is faithful to His children and to His Word.

Let's take a look at our next set of promises and blessings.

11. The Promise & Blessing: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me:

What's it mean to us? God will discipline His children. As Christians, we are the children of God. We need to know that every loving parent will correct and discipline their children when they stray from the proper path - to do otherwise is the opposite of love. None of us likes to be disciplined; fact is that we aren't much different than when we were two-years old - we throw a fit! Look at our society and the amount of children who are growing up and getting into trouble. Lives are being destroyed all because the child wasn't given healthy boundaries and discipline while growing up.

In most cases, the child's encounter with the law enforcement is the first time they have been told "no," and it has been enforced. Unfortunately it is often too late at this point, and the damage has been done. It is the same way with us as Christians; we need to be disciplined when we have un-repented sin. If not, it will be too late and lives will be destroyed, and souls will be lost.

For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6 (NKJV)

12. The Promise & Blessing: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:

What's it mean to us? God gives us "Hope." Without hope, we would perish - everyone needs hope. The Lord has told us that He has a specific plan for our future, and that it entails peace, provision; all we have to do is seek the Kingdom first, and then all these things will be added unto us (See Matt. 6:31-33). Our hope needs to be in God - fixed on Heaven and the things of God. Unfortunately, we place our hope in temporal things many times. Our countenance is happy when we have abundance of money and provision, but it is somber when there isn't much cash in our bank account. This is a false hope because it is based on things of the world, and not God. As we fix our eyes on Christ, we find that we have hope even in the midst of tribulation.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about these 2-blessings. Meditate upon them because they, like the previous six, 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 two promises and blessings 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.

Father, Thank You for Your discipline and the Hope that You give me. I know that I need correction when I am walking in the wrong direction. I can fully admit that this correction is done in love. It gives me hope that You are still doing a work in me, and that Your Word is faithful as Philippians 1:6 is validated. Help me today to see things the way that You do, and give me wisdom to be able to deal with them accordingly. In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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