The Secret Of A Happy Life With Jesus Christ As Your Personal Lord And Saviour
A Study Of Psalms 23
As you reflect upon Psalms 23 consider this:
- Christ as the Good Shepherd gave His life for us.
- Christ as the Great Shepherd rose from the dead.
- Christ as the Chief Shepherd is coming back in power and great glory.
He cares for me
Psalms 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
As a follower of Christ when we commit our ways to the Lord He supplies our needs. This isn't always how we expect a plan to unfold. At times all we have is enough to get by. With someone who has submitted to the Lord a sense of peace will be present during lean times. As time progresses plans will come together allowing resources to spare and provide for someone else who is in need.
He comforts me
Psalms 23:2a He makes me lie down in green pastures.
At times the Lord directs us to move away from the business of life. Our focus shifts onto the relationship with the Lord along with rest and renewal for our bodies. These times provide fresh vision for life. Being focused maintains our integrity as a believer to resist temptation and our love for the Lord to remain fresh. When feeling weary an invitation from the Lord invites us to lie down in His green pastures.
He leads me
Psalms 23:2b He leads me beside quiet waters.
In the life of a believer the Holy Spirit gives teachable moments. At times these are used to provide encouragement and support for people in the believers life. When they are for the believer themself direction is given on managing life. Often these special moments provide divine insight and sharpen the vision that has been previously given. They increase the believers resolve to live for Jesus Christ. It is through the quiet times the relationship with the Lord deepens.
He restores me
Psalms 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
With Jesus becoming sin and dying in our place on the cross we are able to be in a relationship with the living God. The restoration God offers keeps us in a right relationship with Him. It is also for reconciliation with the people in your life when there has been hurt. This requires that we remain humble and teachable so we mature in our faith. It also means committing our short comings to the Lord so we break out of the bondage of sin. When we are disciplined by God He affirms that we belong to Him and He is reaching out to us for when we will spend eternity with Him.
He protects me
Psalms 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
There is a hope beyond this life that is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ, acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior. Even though we don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, we may face the new day with confidence that the Lord is with us. His Holy Spirit will be our guide, comforter and counselor. Regardless of what we face we are not alone. All we have to do is actively follow Him.
He feeds me
Psalms 23:5a Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
The Lord provides for His people in a way that acknowledges His work in their life. This is a testimony to friends, colleagues and family members who haven't yet acknowledged Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. It is God's love and the intimate relationship we have with Him that is evident to people in the world who are searching for direction and answers. As we pursue our Savior with passion opportunities to share our faith are presented.
He anoints me
Psalms 23:5b Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
The Lord has something special for each one of us to do in His Kingdom. In some way, shape or form all believers are called to share His love with the people they interact with in life. Attending church worship services is a place of equipping and commissioning. Your ministry is expressing any one of the many forms of Jesus love with the people you live your life with.
He is leading me home
Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
We all have an appointment to give an account of how we spent our life. The Lord empowers us to live for Him each day through the working of the Holy Spirit. We will gravitate to the things God has for us through ongoing prayer and the study of Scripture. Even when there has been past failure the opportunity exists to humbly repent and with the support of peers make changes to your life becoming more like Jesus.
Scripture quoted is from the NASB translation of the Bible.
Contributed By: Ron Piggott
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