Friday, January 22, 2016

Psalms 23

Psalms 23 is one of the most popular chapter of Psalms. 

Here is Psalms 23 from King James Version:

1  The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth 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 thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
 5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth 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 for ever.

On verse one, the LORD is Jesus.  Remember that Jesus was there with God the Father in Spirit before He was born as a human being.  He is your Shepherd which means that He is your Savior.  The Shepherd is there to take care of His flock which only will go to the voice they trust.  "I shall not want" is actually wrong in translation.  It should have been, "I shall not lack".   That means God wants you to be blessed and not be without what you need in life.  Jesus wants to be involved in your life and make sure that you have everything you need in life!

On verse two, Jesus, our Savior wants you to rest in Him (Spirit).  When we worship Him, it's best to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).  When we worship Him in Spirit and Truth, we rest in Him because our hearts and minds were focusing on the beauty of His Love.  He wants us to renew our minds in Christ and stop worrying about the things in the world.  As human, it's impossible!  But in Faith, it's possible! Keep the Faith, renew your mind in Christ and embrace His Love.

On the third verse of Psalms 23, is my favorite.  He restores or fix your soul back to where it supposed to be, returning to Heaven because of His Righteousness and what He have done for all of us on the Cross.  It's not about what we do to get saved, it's about what we believe in be able to receive His Salvation!  Believe in Him and you shall be saved by Grace! (Ephesians 2:8) 

The fourth verse teaches us that we cannot fear the darkness of the Devil.  This world have been corrupted by the Serpent, the one who lied and tricked Eve into taking a bite from the Tree of Good and Knowledge.  Jesus is our Rod and staff which is the picture of Judgement and Punishment.  He took our place on the Cross and defeated the Shadow of Death!  Now, we don't have to face "spiritual"death.  We have eternal life in JESUS because we have victory over DEATH!  Since Jesus have defeated DEATH, why be afraid of darkness?  Don't be afraid and always remember that Jesus is the Light of the World!  His Light conquers darkness and we are in HIS LIGHT!

Let's look at the fifth verse.  This is a picture of communion and covenant with Jesus Christ.  When we accept His Salvation for us, we are partake the Covenant as a contract.  We are now a New Covenant Christians and we can take Communion in Spirit and Truth.  When we break bread, we are acknowledging what Jesus' body been through before and during His sufferings at the Cross.  We are blessed in Christ spiritually, physically and mentally.  We can receive His healing, wisdom, and strength.  As long as we renew our minds in Christ, and focus on what He have done for us at the Cross, we can Rest in Him and not having to worry about anything. 

Sixth verse! Let God dwell or live in your heart.  JESUS is GOD!  HE cares about your life, your pain, your everything!  Let Him be your guide as your Shepherd, your food as your Bread of Life, quench your thirst as a Living Water, your salvation as your Savior.  Let His mercy and goodness follow you and be with you 24/7 no matter what problems or circumstances we may face.  No circumstances are to small or big for God to handle.  LET HIM BE IN YOUR LIFE.  

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