The Lord is my Shepherd
Psalm 23: My Soul Restored
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth 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.
What this Prayer means to me
I love this prayer because it could just as easily have been me who wrote these words, for they speak about me. The words of this prayer also causes a vivid graphic in my mind.
The Lord is my shepherd; when you place your life in the hands of God, you make him your guide, which is the role of a shepherd.
I shall not want. When I finally gave myself to God in June of 2009, he has seen to my needs ever since and I no longer want for things of the Earth, but look to things of my soul.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. I am not a sheep that needs to have green pastures to graze in, but think of the symbolism and consider what you would like in your life that would give you the same kind of pleasure that a green pasture would give to a sheep. For me that is being free to work in my office and study and write about what God has shown me, so that others might know the truth and the joy I have from this knowledge. To be in a green pasture is symbolic of having plenty, and not being without.
He leadeth me beside the still waters. I think about me laying in a field of tall grass, on the side of a hill with a tall oak tree giving its shad over me, and at the base of the hill is a fast flowing creek, with a deep spot where I can climb in to bath and sit in its cool waters and relax.
Still waters also represent being given the sustenance required of the body.
He restoreth my soul. For the first 55 years of my life I went through in ignorance without direction of purpose. God has given me this and much more, he has restored my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. The name of God is defined by the Ten Commandments and the Teachings of Jesus Christ, by leading me in my study of his Holy Scripture, he shows me the path of righteousness, and this he does is for his names sake, that I may be one with God, in name and spirit.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. The shadow of death is sin, and though I have in my life walked in sin, God has shown me a new way, a way without sin.
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. Because God now walks with me as I navigate this new path, I fear no evil, for with the support of God I know I will not fall back into the sins of my past.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. The rod and staff of God are the books of the Bible, for they are tools that teach me and chasten and admonish me when I error.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. God provide nourishment for my body and soul even though all about me are the forces of Satan trying to dissuade me from God’s True Word.
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. In the times of the Nation of Israel, when you have oil poured upon your head it was to signify that you were cleansed of your sins and made new in God. In this my cup truly does run over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I know that so long as I remain true to the worship of God, as he commands that he be worshiped, and live my life in the morality listed in the Ten Commandments and the Teachings of Jesus, that what remains of my mortal life will be filled with goodness and mercy from God.
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. To dwell in the house of the Lord is to live my life as the morality of God teaches me to live. Now that I have found God and he has shown such blessing to me, I will for the rest of my mortal life and the rest of any immortal life, live under God’s morality and give praise and glory to my Father in Heaven, forever and ever. Amen.
And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:6.
To be a Servant of God you first must be of God, that means that you keep the Ten Commandments, and write them upon you heart, making God's morality your morality. But as it is said, you are not saved by your works alone, you must also worship God exactly as he tells us to. If you are unsure as to how he tells us to worship him, the first four of the Ten Commandments, reveal this. Just remember, each of the Ten are summeries of which have a greater meaning. These I have given discussion to in these lessons.
God wants to have a personal and intimate relationship with you. If you wish this of God, then you need to get to know God, intimately and personally, one to one.
I love them that love me; and those that seek me early (diligently) shall find me. Proverbs 8:17.
What God is saying here is that in order to get to know God personally and intimately, you first need to find him. The word diligently means to search for, or to study and research. Just reading the Bible, as you would a novel, will not achieve this. The lessons of this web site will show you the way. I suggest that you start at lesson 1 and go forward in order from there.
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