Manna For Today: Monday, January 18, 2016
Psalm 23 – The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 4 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. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.
Psalm 23 shows us that we belong to God and that we are His concern. It is God who has made us and has recreated or remade us. When you read this Psalm note how the language shifts from the pronoun ‘he’ to ‘you.’
There is also a shift from talking about sheep to talking about human. In the first part of the Psalm we see pictures of pastures, still waters and sheep path.
After the fourth verse, we see a table, anointed head and overflowing cup. The subtle shift is of great importance as it reflects what happens when we embrace God as our shepherd, recognizing our need for God and our inability to care for ourselves.
1. “The Lord is my shepherd.”
• God leads me and takes care of me.
2. “I shall not want.”
• All my needs will be met; I don’t need to desire more.
3. “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.”
• I’m free to rest in Him.
4. “He leads me besides the still waters.”
• He has water that is safe and life-giving.
5. “He restores my soul.”
• My heart and mind are under His care and keeping.
6. “He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
• He is my never-failing GPS.
Mediate on these things and draw nearer to our God!
Peace and blessings!