THE 23RD PSALM
BY: JOANNE ANSTINE
MARCH 23, 2009
The other morning, Father took me to this psalm – so very familiar, and thus there was the temptation to think it had nothing new to say to me. Ah, the foolishness of such thinking…
The LORD is my Shepherd – and so HE is ALL that I need or want.
HE makes me to lie down in green pastures – green, full of life, food.
HE leads me beside still waters – peace, rest, quiet.
HE restores my soul – makes me whole, restored to/in HIM.
HE leads me in the paths of righteousness for HIS name’s sake (not mine) – HE is my righteousness, so I am His gift to Himself.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear not (fear NO evil), for HE IS WITH ME in it all. We walk as one, He in me, and I in Him. Shadows are not reality (no matter how real they seem), and evil is swallowed up in His perfect love.
HIS rod and staff comfort me – NOT for punishment, but to guard me (the rod) and to protect me (the staff).
HE prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies – in HIM, there is no need to fear any enemies; there is peace, and rest, and pleasure because I am being fed by HIM.
HE anoints my head with oil – the Holy Spirit is poured over me and into me, and over my mind…and my cup runs over – a picture of the baptism in and fullness of the Spirit.
SURELY (NO doubt) goodness and mercy (love and grace) follow (pursue) me ALL my days
I dwell even NOW in the house of the Lord (whose house I am – HIS temple) always…for the eons.
The glorious word that came through this to me – ALL IS OF GOD!!!
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