The way these devotions started were to share what I do in the mornings… and though it’s been what I’ve been doing in the mornings it’s become rather formal. I’ll think about keeping it that way but I want to just demonstrate what I do, how I feel, how I work through life with God. This morning I am listening to the following song and crying out Psalm 23 to myself. Ministering to my soul. Would you join me?
Life is tough. How do we deal?
Today I am praying this cliche Psalm.
Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
God provides all we need. I am praying through this stanza, reminding myself that God provides all the things we are in need of. I need not worry about the things I don’t have. He is my provider. Not only that but He will restore me when I am downcast or wander astray. My soul will not remain weary. My God will not let His sheep stay in the briars. Our God is faithful. Not for my purpose. Not for my worth, but His. God is who He is. His very existence dictates that He takes care of us. Therefore I must not grow weary hoping He will not provide due to my inability. I must draw near and know that He is faithful because He is who He is.
Even 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.
When the darkness of life is pressing in, I will not fear. I will not worry. God carries the rod and staff, and He exercises His ability to keep His sheep safe. God is my shepherd and He will not, for His names sake, allow the enemy to rob Him of sheep. My God is mighty and able to keep His sheep safe.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
As my enemies look on, as the pitiful fallen one pushing around and tries to attack me God will EVEN IN THE SIGHT OF THE ENEMY bless me, anoint me, I am blessed for God’s goodness is here and overflows my life. I will dwell near Y0u Father, forever.
Encourage one another: We will make it through this not because of what YOU do, but because of who HE is. Keep going, keep trying, Yahweh will prevail.