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The Lord Is My Shepherd-Part VI

The Lord is My Shepherd-Part VI
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 names' 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 five parts of this devotional we looked at the first 12-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 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.
11.  Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me:  God will discipline us in love.
12.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:  God gives His children hope.

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

13.    The Promise & Blessing: You anoint my head with oil:  

What's it mean to us?    We have been consecrated or set apart to serve God.  When we were saved, we were sanctified or consecrated for the Lord.  We have made Jesus our Lord as well as our "Savior."   This means that we are to set our life apart from the world, and dedicated it to the Lord for His service.  Our strongest witness is not what comes from our mouths, but from our actions.  

We can be sure that there are many who watch us - some to point out our failures to justify their choice not to accept Christ as Savior, and others to gain hope from watching our transformed lives.  Which actions will others be speaking about our lives today - will they honor our Lord, or damage Christianity?

" open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." Acts 26:18 (NKJV)

14.    The Promise & Blessing: My cup runs over:  

What's it mean to us?    God gives to us "Abundantly!"  Even in the lean and tough times, our Lord has given us abundance. His love, grace, mercy and provision are often taken for granted.  Let's stop and think today of everything that we have been given from our health to our homes, our jobs to our relationships.  If you find yourself without, start by thanking God for what you have, then lay down your requests before Him - He cares!

Often times our lean times are because of poor stewardship of our resources.  We simply need to repent, seek God, and ask forgiveness - God will restore us and He will receive full glory.  Placing our eyes upon the Lord instead of the things of this world brings great contentment - this is the same contentment that we often mistakenly believed that our acquiring possessions would bring.

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2 (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 setting me apart for Your Holy purpose.  Thank You for Your abundant blessings that You have continued to pour out upon my life.  Father I pray for wisdom and discernment today.  Lead me in all understanding and empower me to do Your will today.  May it bring glory and honor to Your name.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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