Ask people which scripture they love the most and which has meant most to them, and many would point to the Twenty-third Psalm. This small Psalm, only six verses, deals with almost every adverse circumstance in life. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has used it over and over to encourage me to experience His peace and enjoy His presence in the midst of challenging situations and life events...
When a brokenhearted friend calls with news of the sudden homegoing of a loved one, we pray the 23rd Psalm…
O Heavenly Father, we ask you to wrap Your Loving Arms around us today. You are close to the brokenhearted and You save those who are crushed in spirit. You are our Shepherd, we lack nothing. You make us lie down in green pastures, You lead us beside the still waters. You restore our souls. You lead us in the path of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil, for You are with us. You are Emmanuel, God with us, we are absolutely certain, You are with us at this time. Your rod and Your staff, Your Holy Spirit and Your Word, they comfort us. You prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies. You anoint our heads with oil, our cup overflows with blessings. Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
For every need presented in this Psalm, God has a name to meet that need. For every circumstance, God has a name to overcome that circumstance. David knew the Great Shepherd. The LORD comes from the name Jehovah. He is the Great "I AM." He depends upon no one. There are seven names of God paired with each verse in the 23rd Psalm...
JEHOVAH-RA’AH—The Lord is my shepherd;
JEHOVAH-JIREH—The Lord, my provider—I lack nothing.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM—The Lord, our peace—He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
JEHOVAH-RAPHA—The Lord, my healer—He restores my soul:
JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU—The Lord, our righteousness—He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
JEHOVAH-SHAMAH—The Lord, ever-present—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.
JEHOVAH-NISSI—The Lord, our banner—You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:
JEHOVAH-RAPHA—The Lord, my healer—You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows with blessings.
JEHOVAH-JIREH—The Lord, my provider—Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Take a few moments to listen to this beautiful rendition of the Psalm 23 song, The Lord's My Shepherd, by Stuart Townend.
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