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May I share my personal paraphrase of Psalm 23 with you this morning?
Psalm 23 (KJV) 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
MY. He must be MY Shepherd for me to be not in want; not in want for a Savior; not in want for peace; not in want for purpose; not in want for joy, satisfaction.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
And when He is my Shepherd, I rest. First I have rested from trying to save myself. I rest in His provision. His Way of Salvation and out of that resting I learn to feed on what He provides and I find it full of peace; I find it as nourishing as sheep find green pasture nourishing, as life-giving as they find still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
This resting in Him, this feeding on what He provides, this heals my sin-affected soul. He does this with right living; when I rightly follow my Shepherd, living as His sheep, my soul is restored; my being is made whole and He is glorified. Which is the purpose of this life anyway.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
It is not easy this living as His sheep; it kills my flesh. But as long as I stick with Him I am not consumed with fear. He is my counsel and my comfort as my flesh is crucified and my spirit blossoms; kinda like Aaron’s rod that budded (click to see) – it’s not a natural thing, it’s a GOD THING.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Even in the midst of evil so prevalent on this planet, He blesses me and abundantly provides and cares for me. His Spirit anoints, heals and keeps my mind at peace; I have more than I need; thus I must give – that’s His plan.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. source
His goodness and lovingkindness will NEVER fail me or leave me from here into and through eternity.
This is MY Shepherd. Is He your Shepherd?
Revelation 3:20 (YLT) 20 lo, I have stood at the door, and I knock; if any one may hear my voice, and may open the door, I will come in unto him, and will sup with him, and he with me. source