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The Lord Is My Shepherd-Part VIII

The Lord is My Shepherd-Part VIII
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 have been 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 seven parts of this devotional we looked at the first 16-promises and blessings.  And in this final part I would look at the very last word of the 23rd Psalm; and that word is "Forever."

17.    The Promise & Blessing: "Forever"

What's it mean to us?    We have been promised "Eternity!"  It's funny because "Forever" is a word that has lost much of its grandness.  We say that we will love each other forever and yet most of the time the love that we can muster up fails and is anything but, "Forever!"  Thankfully we have learned that our Lord is faithful, and His love never fails.  He is not a liar and His Word has never failed or been proven to be in error.  God says that we will live with Him eternally forever and ever amen.  God says it-that settles it.

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5 (NKJV)

John Newton, the writer of the song, "Amazing Grace," said it best when he penned these lyrics:

"When we've been here ten thousand years...
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise...
Then when we've first begun."

This means that after a million years of being with the Lord and living in paradise - no more sickness, no more pain, no more tears, etc. - it will be as if we just got there.  

Try and wrap your mind around this promise and think upon it today.  Remember how excited you got when you found out that you were going to Disneyland?  Remember how you couldn't sleep the night before because you were so excited?  Well guess what Disneyland - The Magic Kingdom - might claim to be the happiest place on earth, but God's Kingdom is the real "E-Ticket!"  And its forever!   

But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. Daniel 7:18 (NKJV)

When we face trials and tribulations, times of testing and spiritual warfare, we need only look to Psalm 23 to come to a proper understanding of what has been given to us, and what God will do for us regardless of where we are at.  There is no challenge that He is not aware of, or that has not been allowed by Him.  There is no good provision that we will lack that will not be met by Him.  Whether we flourish in blessings or find our selves in the valley of the shadow of death, we need to remember that He is with us.

I want to encourage you to read this Psalm often - familiarize yourself with it.  Remember the individual promises and then reflect even in times past where you can clearly see where God has done these very things for you.  Knowing the Lord and His love is the basis of our hope - let's not loose sight of that ever.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, what is our reward awaiting us at the end of our life as Christian believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you thinking about meeting God face-to-face?  If so, how does that motivate you?  If not, why?

APPLICATION:  Read Psalm 23 through again and meditate upon the promises and blessings that are given to every believer.  Share this promise with other believers who may be struggling.

Father, Thank You for Your love, mercy, grace, provision, and everything else that You have given and continue to give to me.  Lord, open my eyes so that I may see all that You do for me clearly.  Help me to remember this Psalm and the promises and blessings that are contained within it.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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