Hey everybody! I hope everyone’s week has been amazing! My week was pretty good! After writing last Saturday’s post Fill Me Up! I had a serious “Wow God!” moment at church on Sunday. So if you haven’t read last Saturday’s post go ahead. However, for those of you that did, you may remember this excerpt,
I finally got home and plopped on my couch. I rehearsed and replayed every situation that happened and even thought over my to-do list for the weekend and there it came…up and out. I don’t know how long I cried Y’all, but just when I thought I was going to sulk for the rest of the night I kept hearing the 23rd Psalm over and over in my head. I finally pulled it up on my Bible app and I read it three times. Each time I read it my crying and gasping for air slowly became me sitting up and wiping my face. In a moment, my focused shifted and I had just taken all my junk and gave it to Jesus. I took my mind and eyes off of myself and my agenda and put them on God and who He is.
I get to church last Sunday, and the message was on the 23rd Psalm!! What!! All week I was thinking, “Wow God!” I couldn’t wait to share with you what I’ve learned, because Pastor Chris broke the 23rd Psalm down beautifully! I would love for you to watch it here. It really encouraged me and helped me to understand how God was trying to reveal himself to me in my time of despair. At our church, we have been in a series on prayer. He’s been guiding us to different biblical references of prayer in the bible to help enrich our prayer lives. This message was called, The Prayer of the Sheep. He highlighted eight names of God that we can call on and praise in times of prayer.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV
- “The Lord is my shepherd;…”– God is our Shepherd, our Chief Pastor. He leads and guides us and keeps us safe from harm.
- “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.“– God is our Provider and Source.
- “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”- God is our Prince of Peace.
- “He restores my soul;…” – God is our Healer. He’s our Restorer.
- “He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” –God is our Righteousness. He is who makes us righteous through salvation.
- “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.”- God is our Constant Companion and Comforter. He is our friend! He is always there!
- “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;“- God is our Defender/Protector. He is our banner of victory. He protects from the evil one.
- “You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”- God is our Sanctifier. He has set us apart.
Our Confession: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”
Wow. Isn’t that so refreshing to remind ourselves of? God is our Shepard, our Provider, our Peace, our Healer, our Righteousness, our Constant Companion, our Defender, and our Sanctifier. He is everything we need and more! It gave me chills sitting in church to think that in my discouragement and cloudiness of mind, things seemed so grand and impossible. I felt like I didn’t know what to pray. He saw fit to put that Psalm in my spirit because I didn’t know what I needed, but He did. He was reminding me that he is all I need and that no problem or feat can measure up to the weight of who He is! “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Be Blessed in the Lord,
Annette D ❤