23rd Psalms -
God's promises to us; but do we really believe Him or are we doubting....
The Lord is my shepherd – "so why don't I always heed His call"
I shall not want – "but my head tells me that I do want and He will not always provide that I must do for myself."
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; - "at times I do not trust and refuse to lie down. My mind thinks surely this is not right. I must be doing and doing. I cannot lie down and rest in Him."
He leads me beside the still waters. - "Yes, I long for the stillness of the waters. To be washed in His word but life pulls at me. I cannot take the time right now. Perhaps later."
He restores my soul – That is what it says but why do I not feel restored?
Perhaps if I had heeded His call and laid down in the green pastures He prepared for me and perhaps the water, yes the water. If I had allowed it to wash over me? Maybe then my soul would have been restored.
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. - "It seems the paths I have been going have not been very righteousness. Perhaps if I had heeded His call and laid down and allowed Him to wash over me then I would be able to hear His voice and be led in the paths of righteousness.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. - "O how I fear, where is He?
But then it says - For You are with me: Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. - perhaps if I had heeded His call and laid down in the green pastures and allowed Him to lead me beside the still waters to be restored I would have walked in His paths of righteousness I would trust in Him and believe and know His rod and His staff are there to comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; - "how weak I am, the table is prepared before me but my eyes are on the enemy and not on what you have prepared for me."
Forgive me oh Lord that I may allow you to anoint my head with oil and cause my cup to run over.
For Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life if I will heed your call and allow you to be my Shepard. If I will only stop and lay down in the green pastures you have prepared for me and enjoy the stillness of your water washing over me. If I will eat of the table you have prepared before me and keep my eyes on you and not the enemy.
Then I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Basking in beauty of your wondrous Presence.
When I get myself in line with Jesus and learn who I am in Christ learning my authority as a King's child then I will be able to help those of the Parable of the Sower so none will be lost.
Love and authority will become a part of us when we are with the one who is full of love. When we are with Him then His love will flow from us and we will manifest His Glory.
If you are not manifesting His Glory go back to the feet of the one who is Love. In Psalms 34:11 He has promised to teach us.