In the 23rd Psalm, King David confidently “brags” on His God.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
David is telling the kingdom of Israel that he shall never want for any thing while on planet earth, because his LORD shall provide all of his needs.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
Here, David is saying that God is not only faithful in fulfilling David’s needs, but also careful and kind to give him rest from weariness and trials in this life. A God who can be touched by the feelings of our infirmities. Notice, David says, “the waters are “still.” Still waters represent calmness; an absence of stress and turmoil. And, if anyone knew about stresses and turmoil it was King David; especially, since he had run from Saul, the former King of Israel, ever since God had anointed him to be Israel’s second King.
“He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Oh, the sweet joys of ones’ soul being restored unto God. After living a sinful life or after commiting a sin or transgression, one can find full restoration in God…And, enjoy the godly Peace that passes all understanding. Then, God can and will lead us down the paths of righteousness; for His Name sake. Praise the Lord!
“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.”
David possessed a sustaining faith that even in physical death God would be with him to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” Let me ask you a question. Would you rather be hit by a train or by the train’s shadow?” Praise the Lord, I will take the “shadow of death” over authentic death and separation from my God! God will lead us safely on to the other side when it comes our time to cross over, or the crossing of a loved one.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
Ponder this; how would you like to simply sit down and eat a pleasurable meal in full fellowship with God while your enemies stand around and watch you joy in the awesome splendor and pleasures? That’s exactly how King David felt about his relationship with God. He was not apprenhensive. Let his enemies taunt and rage; it mattered not to him, because he knew who he was in God. David never allowed the fresh anointing that God had on his life to be dimmed or darkened through the many attacks from his enemies. Praise the Lord!
“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!”
David is ending his prayer to God by confirming that no matter the circumstances…God would work ALL things out for goodness through the mercies of God. This reminds me of Romans 8:28, “And, we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God, to them who are the called (mercies of God) according to His purpose.” Amen! But, note one very important statement that King David made in closing out his prayer….
“And, I will DWELL in the house of the LORD for ever.”
I believe that King David is not only speaking about his future eternal abode with God in Heaven (God’s eternal House), but he is committing himself to faithful attendance in God’s House (the Temple in those days) while living here on planet earth.
Today, ask yourself this question. “How many people do you personally know who once faithfully attended church (the local assembly) who no longer attend church for one reason or another?” Now, mind you, I’m not speaking about those who are suffering from an illness, immobile, or residing in assistant care or nursing homes. I’m talking about those who are still vibrant and healthy enough to attend church on a regular basis, but have chosen to live a life style in the absence of church attendance. I refer to these people as non-committers to God. They enjoy the perks of God and the daily benefits of God, but choose not to Honor God through faithfulness. King David was not like that. No matter what he did; and believe me if you have ever studied the life of King David he did quite a lot; one thing he did NOT do was to turn his back on God. He repented unto God; he fasted unto God; he waited upon God; he suffered through God; and he triumphed over sin and evil through God. No matter what took place in King David’s life, he didn’t turn his back on God; and God never turned his back on King David!
Today, ask yourself….Are you living a life style that promotes your faith in a Faithful God? Can others see Jesus in you? Even though you fall and fail at times, as we all do, are you consistently carrying your faults, failures, uprisings and down-sittings to God in full faith and assurance of His mercies, and that He will lead you down the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake? I pray that we all are. Today, if you have wondered away from Jesus; come back to Him in full assurance that He can and will forgive you of your tresspasses and restore unto you the full joys of salvation (your relationship with God). King David did. Follow the blessed example of geniune, authentic prayer from the heart of the second king of Israel found in Psalm 23. “The LORD is my shepherd…” Is he your’s?
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T. Rollins, Author