Hi peeps, hope you’re all doing well.
Here’s the final part of my psalm 23 bible study. It was meant to be in several parts but your probably all fed up with it now, so I’ve written them together! Thank you for bearing with me.
Verse 4: 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.
Though we go through trying and difficult times we can be rest assured that our God is with us. We can walk through the valley and come out the other side victorious because we have God on our side.
Notice how we walk through the valley, and it’s a shadow not actual death. As Christians who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour, we know even death in the body, we can never be separated from our God because death cannot separate us! Romans 8:28. Our souls belong to God and we will never be apart from Him, so we need not fear.
The rod is the Shepherd’s and it’s a symbol of what the sheep pass under when they are counted. We belong to God, He knows us by name, and He knows that we are counted into His Kingdom.
The staff is used for protection to swipe things out of our way that seek to harm us, such as, ravenous wolves and things the enemy tries to use to attack us.
Be encouraged! God is with us. He never leaves us or forsakes us, because He loves us with an everlasting love, and will protect us from whatever harm that may try to come our way.
Verse 5: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Notice how the table is prepared. It wasn’t hastily put together, like I sometimes do when I have people come around, but it was prepared beforehand. It was carefully prepared to make sure David had what he needed to sustain his body and to bless him. God also did this with enemies looking on! Though enemies try to come against us, we can feel overwhelmed, they do not get victory over us because God steps in and gives us victory! It may not happen in our time-frame, but God’s timing is always perfect and when it’s time, He will move on our behalf to smash the enemy to smithereens!
When God blessed him, he was blessed abundantly because his cup ran over, which indicates that he not only had enough for himself but for others also.
God loves to bless His people abundantly because this is the nature of God. He gives willingly and freely, and we see this all throughout scripture. If we remember the feeding of the 5,000 men besides women and children, there were several baskets full of bread left over because the people were so full, they couldn’t eat anymore which is why there was some left. Not just a bit left over but several basketfuls extra!
Verse 6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell with the LORD forever.
Those who have been born again have the assurance that their names have been written in the book of life and one day, heaven will be their home! This should give us great comfort and reassurance that we need not fear because God already knows what will come our way and has made provision for us already.
In the meantime, we are blessed on earth because of the goodness of our God. He blesses us richly, He looks after us, He protects us, He will never leave us, and we will one day see Him and be with Him forever. So be encouraged that no matter what you are facing that God is with you.
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