E100: 041 | That's Eternity

"The Psalms reflect the life of the Hebrew people, and all of life. Psalm 23 versus 1 to 6 is most often read at funerals,. In it David describes God as a shepherd who comforts and protects the sheep in his care, that’s nice. But don’t forget the other picture of a host at a banquet table, surrounded by his enemies!" (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read Psalm 23:1-6 | (ESV)

The first line always stops me. Sometimes a cold hard eye opening stop. It is hard for me to read past the first line of this Psalm. "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing." I am not sure I really understand this in a complete and living way. Really knowing this inside and out, in all my thoughts, my actions, my relationships would change everything.

This is my prayer today. That I would truly know in every way this simple truth: With God leading my life I lack nothing. Absolutely nothing! I long for the peace in truly knowing this and living it. I admit, my brain acknowledges it, but my heart at times is still looking elsewhere for my supply.

Perhaps you have seen this before it flew around the internet via email a while back titled Psalm 23 (Explained). The comments to the right were written as a response and explanation by an unknown author.

The LORD is my shepherd,
I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
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 overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will
follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
that's relationship!
that's supply!

that's rest!
that's refreshment!
that's healing!

that's guidance!
that's purpose!

that's testing!
that's protection!
that's faithfulness!

that's discipline!

that's hope!
that's consecration!
that's abundance!

that's blessing!
that's security!
that's eternity!

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I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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