Psalms 23

Tuesday June 14, 2011

Sometimes a passage of scripture needs no introduction as in the case of Psalms 23.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters,

He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

In this passage there are 17 references of “my”, “me”, or “I”. It gives me the indication that God is actively involved in my life and what is going on in my circumstances. The Lord is involved in a variety of actions including; “making me lie down”, “leading me”, “refreshing me”, “guides me”, “comforts me”, “preparing a table”, and “anointing me”. Talk about a relational God that is actively involved in many aspects of my life. It means that I need to be a participant in that interaction with the Lord.

The consequence of this interation with the Lord is that I have the privilege of dwelling in the house of the Lord forever. What a privilege we have today of experiencing eternal life with the Master as we step out and allow Him to guide and direct our life.

On this journey there will be times of darkness but we have a Lord that will show us the light and bring us into His eternal realm.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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