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Psalm 23 – Part 11

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Psalm 23, Part 11
a Psalm of David

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
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.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6, ESV

The Psalmist declared by faith, looking yet ahead, that he would forever be in God’s presence, whether here on earth or in Heaven when he passed from this life. He was already convinced of God’s goodness, His mercy, love, protection, grace, and provision while he lived. He expected nothing less when he eventually would enter his eternal home.

The Psalmist was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). He knew the importance of staying in God’s presence day in and day out, no matter what was going on with the sheep on any given day. He had many hours to enjoy God’s fellowship, to learn His heart of love and acceptance. He enjoyed worshipping God in song. He had “church” every day and didn’t get tired of it. God’s presence enveloped him, filled and energized him. That’s why he could say “…in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

The joy of the Lord was his strength (Nehemiah 8:10). He continued drawing on it through times of trouble, war, persecution, and more. That’s why he could dance before the Lord, and worship with a heart full of thanksgiving. God’s joy bubbled up and spilled out to others.

Joy is a spiritual force that draws you out of the mulleygrubs of life and lifts you far above them. You’ve already been seated with Christ in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). That’s your position of authority as a child of God. That’s the position of rest. “To be seated in Christ is to rest, to trust in Him, and to receive everything our beautiful Savior has accomplished on our behalf.” (Joseph Prince) His joy IN you raises you above the earthly elements. The more you renew your mind in God’s Word, the more you see and understand the fullness of His joy operating in you.

The Psalmist renewed his mind in the things of God that he knew at the time. He didn’t have the privilege of the New Testament as we have today, but he still knew the presence of God that never changes.

Let these six verses in Psalms 23 reverberate in your heart. Let God’s goodness, His love and grace renew your thinking and fill you to overflowing with His joy. In His presence is fullness of joy so enjoy fellowshipping with Him and resting in His provision. He loves you.