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A Shadow Cast By Light
Psalm 23 is a well loved, classic scripture that we all seen to be familiar with, regardless of our spiritual walk. It seems that ithas become embedded into our hearts, and our society. What a beautiful scripture to find such widespread acceptance in the world. This is the scripture that I am referring to:
1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
----when the Lord is our Shepherd - we can have faith, trust and hope in our tomorrow. Hope is the expectation of good. Through Jesus- we get HOPE for tomorrow
2He makes me lie down in green pastures, ----We are called to seasons of rest- in His will, He provides green, fertile places to rest our head
he leads me beside quiet waters, - --bubbling brooks scare sheep, He leads us to quiet waters. He knows our fears and our anxieties - when we follow Him, He leads us away from these things.
3he refreshes my soul. ----There is peace in having a good shepherd
He guides me along the right paths ----He guides us in truth and love and out of the situations and circumstances we get ourselves into.
for his name’s sake. ----To always be more like Him, to glorify His name
4Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death -----A shadow is cast,only when there is light. He is with us through the valleys that we walk through - the valleys that want to kill us, destroy us, hold us hostage...His light is with us, when we ask Him to be the lord of our lives, giving our will and our hearts over to Him. In this place,w ith Him as our Shepherd, the darkness is merely a shadow. A shadow can not hurt us or harm us. His light negates the powers of darkness.
I will fear no evil, -----Every knee will bow to Jesus Christ - with Him leading- there is nothing to fear. Your greatest fears,addictions, bondages -are negated to mere shadows in His presence.
for you are with me; -----He is always with us - before we even know His name He pursues us. HE dies for us before we took our first breath. He loved us while we were sinning. He loves you now - and wants to be your good Shepherd
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me. -----The rod is meant to protect you from the predators that circle you, taunt you and mock you and the staff is meant to redirect you and guide you - what a comfort these re - that we dont have to defend ourselves anymore - He will do that - and He will always be with us, through the Holy Spirit, guiding us and gently correcting us.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies. ------In the presence of your enemies- He sets a table for you. the enemy has kept you on your knees, begging for scraps. That is no position for a child of God---He sets a table for you - a banquet - and sits you down in the presence of your enemies to eat with Him. The shadows cant hurt you anymore. You can dine, at peace, with predators all around.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. ------Annointing oil was saved to designate kings- to designate God's chosen one. Before there was time - you were chosen by God as His child. There is no need to beg for scraps anymore - you are a child of the King - declare your inheritance and your birth right!!
6Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life, ------Yes, through the Good Shepherd there is goodness and love. You are never too bad, too far gone, too much of a sinenr - goodness and love are your birthright
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. ------We will all spend eternity somewhere. Jesus brings us heavenly access - to dwell with Him forever.
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