A journey into Psalm 23
Posted by Roger Joyner on 03/20/2014
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The Lord is my shepherd, He is the one that hems me in behind and before, he has set perfect boundary lines for me.
He is the one that makes sure that I am not in lack, this includes the depth of my heart, my inner core working, man is not sustained on bread, but man is
sustained on the words that come out of the mouth of God. The Lord is my Shepherd; he is the one that hems me in, that sustains me,
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
God jealousy for me is this that I'm living in a place that is abundant, the grass is greener on the other side they say, God is the one who while I am on my
Journey causes me to lay down, in a place that is filled with life, a place I would just move through without receiving the nourishing / nourishment that I needed,
In my heart to be a pilgrim hearted man, I can sometimes not see the nourishment that is below my feet, this is when God offers his wise /wisdom way, the way of rest, the way of drawing in, a reminder of the sacredness of seasons, that they are not just to be passed through in order to get to a more beneficial destination, but here is the reminder, that God offers us life and life in it's fullness/fullest.
He leads me beside still waters.
Silence and Awe are vital/ so vital we can't operate without it, he shows his leadership in the way he stirs the cry from the depth, and he stirs the depth, and leads us beside the deep pools.
So that we are reminded as we pass through the valley of baca, (weeping) they become a place of pools, a place of refreshing, here he offers awe, he offers the thankful cup, here he fills it to the brim until it's overflowing/ you find yourself lifting your cup of salvation and calling on the name of the Lord/ you find that you soul truly only finds it's repose/it's reflection/ this still waters are image waters and a reminder of the image we are created in, we are being fashioned into, the image we are becoming, these reflecting pools, these moments become our source waters while in the hustle/bustle of running away with purposeful intent, our missional aims, our serving and conquering of darkness, blessed is the man that drinks in the rain that often falls on it's land, they shall receive blessing, for who it's sown, but those who don't produce the bitter thistle and thorns that come from the hustle of striving.
He restores my soul.
He restores your soul, he gives back heart, he dreams into the shattered parts, he makes important the things thought unimportant the uninterested because of task becomes the place he heals, showing your are known, and delighted in, in the restoration of soul, you see the gleam that is in the father's eyes the same gleam he had as he knit you in your mother's womb, and from the gleam of the father he puts the gleam back in your eye. The strength of swing back in your arm, and washes you with the clear fear of The Lord that heals and creates life, gives you the fullness of his heart toward you that produces, repentance, such tender kindness and the times you compromised because you were without strength of heart, a heart confiding in God, your orphan mind ran and you thought you could never produce so you leaned into lavishing lust, into the satisfying touch of things too much. It is here that the barren land of your soul is exposed to the delight of God's heart. It is here you become a man who can once again show up to the battle and who can not just follow through but offer courage to many others who have suffered loss of heart, from your restoration you can wash off condemnation and remind them that compromise is not rest.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
He leads me, the leading of God in my life comforts me, my teacher is not in a corner but the fellowship of the counselor the father's helper whose sent to help me who taps me on my heart and on my shoulder, the one who turns me around the one who says. This is the way walk in it. I can be confident that God is going to lead me down the right path,He shows me how to walk something out rightly. He leads me in right paths, he hems me in behind and before, he lays his hand on me, and such knowledge is wonderful!!!
For his name's sake.
God is committed to making himself famous. All the shields of victory belong to God.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
Even though I am about to step onto the fields of confrontation with the wicked one. I can know that, it is the Lord who is my Shepherd; I am his and when they come to devour me
They are facing his might and zeal to protect me. He is my shepherd and though death comes with it's mocking voice of did God really say and releasing the flurry of unrelenting assault against his good heart. Trying to convince me of my vulnerability. I can rest.
The Lord is my light and my Salvation whom shall I fear, the Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom I shall I be afraid. When the wicked came against me to eat up
My flesh my enemies and my foes they stumbled and fell. Psalm 27:1-2
I will fear no evil,
It is when hell has come to intimidate me that God's nearness is for my good, The Lord your God is in your midst, mighty to save, he will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over with singing he will quiet you with his love. Zec.3:17
For you are with me; your rod and your staff,
I have often heard about this being the Shepherd's staff that is used for correcting the sheep, lately I have been pondering
that this also is God's rod a picture of his authority against his enemies. I have been pondering that what if this means, that as I am in this valley where I fear I can
stumble, lose faith, lose heart, see my grip on his promise become so weak, afraid of my personal struggle and the onslaught of hell. Afraid of not being able to a man of follow through that I have no strength or fortitude of heart. that I can trust that God has given me victory over my enemies and that he is offering me a place to learn to partner with him in seeing the displacement of principalities and powers and spiritual forces of wickedness, that he has given me keys in which I can see hell restrained. When I can see God's immeasurable great power toward me, because though I cry God I believe help my unbelief, he is offering me his scepter of rule and I can see these enemies judged. these weaknesses of soul crushed by his power. Right in the valley I think I am going to die, the valley that I think God do I need to make sure I have a grave dug, cause I don't know that I'm gonna make it. In this valley I am comforted by His Rod and His staff, I am one of his sheep and this staff is meant to scare those away would mess with his sheep.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
The table of communion is set right in the presence of our enemies, the passion of Jesus for us, he tells us to do this in remembrance of him,
I am reminded of God's great passion in crushing his enemies as I sit in the place of his broken body and shed blood, as I sit at the table where he offers me
His cup. As his bride knowing his commitment to me is a full measure, not like the wavering hearts of men who seek to woo women with half-heartedness,
But that of a lover, that is drunk with the sickness of his love, so drunk with his love-sickness, that he gives his life, to his great glory, his bride.
It is this place of communion and being drunk with the Love that God has for me I am able to face my enemies, knowing they face the fury of eternity's delight, they
face the Glory of the God rallied with passion. This place that we sit down and sup with God gives us strength to say like Joshua, our enemies
They will be our bread.
You anoint my head with oil,
my cup overflows.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows,
My mind becomes freshly renewed, my vessel overflows, my heart is moved and what I do flows out of overflow.
I have a right perspective of war, of trials, their is an understanding of counting it all joy, knowing that trials produce.
I have a confidence that God is with me when I feel I am going to die and God is going to be intimately involved in my life and release his authority causing me to know
that I am his and I understand my identity. My heart overflows with a good theme, my heart overflows because I know that God is with me, that he is commitment to me, committed to making me live in a place of rest, in a place with a soul that is restored, my cathedral is built by him, I am his dwelling
When I go to war, I know that what I need is there in supply for me, I can sit down and count the cost of going to war, while drinking of God's commitment to me.
My mind is freshly washed by God's servant hood by his word to me that washes. My heart overflows this is my theme. The Lord is my shepherd. I exclaim surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Humanity that wandered through wilderness, is brought by God as shepherd to his ultimate heart, his dwelling, behold the dwelling place of God is with Man, Made in his image and made to lie down, soul restored, taught to receive from him. Knowing his heart and
Fully convinced of his goodness, we know our portion is God, we know our lot has fallen in pleasant places, that he has given us the heritage of Jacob. Having gone through season, and having walked with him in our lives he convinces us. David knew the mocking giant that could have taken his life, shouting down his threats of death, his intimidating yells trying to make David feel like the spies who spied out the promised land we saw the giants and saw in our own eyes that we were like grasshoppers/ we who spy out land, that is promised, need to embrace this revelation of the Lord is my shepherd. David the sheep boy, learned God was his shepherd he lived this reality it is a picture of his source of strength and can be to us to if we are willing. To respond as he makes us lie down in green pastures.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
I dream of having a heart confidence that says hey I know God's heart toward me, I've been in his green abundant pasture, I've drank at his awe filled stream.
I've been restored in my deep soul, I have seen his might conquer doubt in the darkest of day, in the darkest of doubt. A confidence arises Surely Goodness, and Mercy shall follow me.
I am aware of the feast, this table of communion with God and aware of the feast I can offer others. I know deeply I am the dwelling place of God and I can give this reality away to Others!!!!