Thursday, November 12, 2009

Psalm 23 continued

I have heard a lot of people referring to Pslam 23 lately so I thought I would give it a closer look. In my last post I told you about the embarrassing misunderstanding of the first line that I had when I was a child. So today I wanted to look at the second verse and tell you what it means to me now compared to when I was a child. And in the weeks to come I will continue on through the entire passage.

Psalm 23
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Now why in the world would God make me lie down and lead me to places where I may not want to go? Why wouldn't God just let me do what I please? That was my perspective when I was a child. I know what I want to do and God should just let me do it. That made sense to me. And the truth is God will let you do that if you don't listen to Him.

All those years when I strayed it wasn't because God no longer cared for me. I no longer listened to God. That little voice in my head saying slow down, rest, rejuvenate yourself was God talking to me. That voice I listened to that said push on. Do more, you don't need to rest was me telling myself what to do. And I got what I asked for. Exhaustion, frustration, self pity and disappointment. I set my goals too high and never took the time to ask God what his goals for me were.

I walked past the green pastures in search of golden pastures. I moved away from the still waters in search of excitement and the adventure of rough seas. I got what I searched for but it never seemed to be enough. The more I got the more I wanted and I discovered that I could never reach my goals in life because they were ever changing goals. All I really needed to do was to listen to God. He already had my goals set for me and Those goals never change. The truth is He knew I would stray and go my own way. But He also knew I would return to Him and the green pastures and still waters were waiting for me, right where He left them.

Have a Blessed day,

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Psalm 23

I learned Psalm 23 (the King James version) when I was very young. But I have to admit that when I first learned it, I had a problem with it. And it was the first line that I had a problem with:

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."

Now depending on how you read this line, it can be a good thing or a bad thing. And as i often did at that age, I somehow took it the wrong way. Here is what I thought it meant:

The Lord is my Shepherd, and I don't want that.

I took the "I shall not want" part to mean that I shall not want the Lord to be my shepherd. See how I was confused? It wasn't long before someone explained my mistake and I understood the meaning of the passage. However it wasn't until I was much older that I understood the "feeling" of the passage. The truth is it was quite recently that I began feeling a lack of wanting.

Amazingly I have discovered that it has nothing at all to do with material possessions. I could have nothing and still not want. And I am finding that the less I have the less I want. As I unload my material possessions my spiritual possessions increase. As my relationship increases with the Lord I feel less of a need to have material things. Just like a shepherd, the Lord will take care of his flock. He will feed us, and protect us. And if we follow his guidance we have no need to want anything else. He will guide us if we allow him to.

Have a Blessed day,

Monday, October 19, 2009

Please Pray for Chelsea

On my other blog I asked everyone to pray for Chelsea. Because this is so important, I wanted to add the prayer request here as well. I will thank you in advance because I know you are all great people and will want to help this girl out.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Have a little Faith

Faith is sometimes the only thing that people struggling to survive have. It is the last hope for a desperate person. With everything else gone Faith can still carry you though. Why not make it part of your life before it is all that you have. Strengthening your relationship with God now will make it easier to call on him if you need him later. Have a little faith.


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Where do I begin.

I have decided that the best place to start re-reading the bible is Psalms. I think the important thing is to read some of God’s word every day and I really enjoy reading Psalms. This morning I read Psalm 7 and came across these interesting verses. For some reason I don’t remember reading them before. I think every time I read the Bible I find something new. I thought they were so appropriate with everything going on in the world today.

Psalm 7:

14 He who is pregnant with evil
and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment.

15 He who digs a hole and scoops it out
falls into the pit he has made.

I see lots of pregnant people these days and a lot of pit digging going on. What about you?

Have a Blessed Day,

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Life is looking up.

You may have noticed; I have been feeling a little under the weather lately. Life in general has been getting me down and therefore my head has been hung a little low and I am not my usual chipper self. Someone here at work (which tends to be the den of downer people) even noticed that my smile was missing this morning. (don't worry, when he said that I put it back where it belonged) With all this sickness and depression that is going around a lot of people just like me have their heads hung low. And once you get like this it is hard to recover.

The more we look down the deeper we dive into depression and sadness. We begin to think about being down and we sink even deeper into our pit of sadness and self pity. Depression can lead to sickness and sickness leads to more depression.

News flash:

The problem is that we are looking in the wrong place; Look up, not down. The devil wants us to look down. He can make us feel really bad about ourselves when things are getting tough. He’s pretty smart. He knows how to make us feel bad and keep us feeling bad. He wants us to keep looking down (away from God). He knows that God can heal us so he doesn’t want us looking up. So what are we going to do about it?

Look up that’s what!

Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

Have a great day and keep looking to God for answers.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

If you lay down with Dogs you get up with Fleas.

My mother used to say that all the time. However she was never very good at taking her own advice. Sometimes we are forced to work with and associate with Dogs. There isn't much we can do about that since most of us need the money to survive. However we do have the ability to speak out against hatred, anger and wicked ways. And away from work we can chose the people we associate with. I chose you.

Psalms 1:

1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

GOD grant me the strength and wisdom so speak out against the evil in this world.


Have a Blessed day,