Fasting Devotion, Day Sixteen

(Post submitted by Paul O’Rourke)

Psalm 23

The use of personal pronouns Me, My, and I mean the promises contained in this magnificent Psalm are for, well, ME! and YOU!

Consider: The Lord (creator of the universe, God himself) is MY (my very own) Shepherd (guide, counsellor, refuge and protector). He makes me lie down in deep pastures (lush green grass; a blue sky overhead). He leads me to rest beside quiet waters where he restores (and revives) my soul (mind, will and emotions).

He guides me in paths of righteousness (shows me how to live, where to go, what’s best).

And though I walk through tough times, he is with me; therefore, I will fear no evil (won’t be anxious or fearful as he keeps me on the straight and narrow). His rod and staff comfort me.

He prepares a table (a feast, the best of everything) in the presence of my enemies and anoints me with oil (the Holy Spirit’s life-giving seal of approval), and fills my cup to overflowing.

Surely (I have no doubt) goodness and mercy WILL follow me all the days (here and now) and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (then I will live with God in Heaven thereafter).

Heavenly Father, thank you for speaking to us about your nature through your word. I choose to grab hold of every aspect and promise Psalm 23 contains. You are a faithful and loving father who takes such great care of me. I rest in your promises today, Amen.

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