In my prayer time this morning I was reminded of Psalm 23, such a beautiful passage. I want to talk today about just the first 3 verses.

“THE LORD is my Shepherd: I shall not want. He maketh me
to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the
paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Many times in this Christian walk, we often think of God only in the sense of the God of judgement and reproof and correction. But let’s look closely at these verses- “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall NOT WANT.”  Many people quote a man made quote – “Well, you know, God never said He’d give you what you want, only what you need”. I choose God’s word any day over what a western culture, man-made belief states. Our Heavenly Father has told us right here that He is our Shepherd and that we will shall not want WHEN He is our Shepherd.

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The 2nd verse says, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” WOW! just WOW! Isn’t it so true of our modern lives that we are so busy? He says that He will make us to lie down in green pastures. He’s directly telling us to rest. Then it goes on to say that he leads me beside the STILL WATERS. Notice the word “still”. That means peace. Other versions say quiet waters, refreshing waters, or peaceful waters. I have to laugh at the part that states “me maketh me to lie down”. We are at times so head strong and want to get a project done but our Shepherd literally has to make us rest.

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The next verse states- “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” That first part  is so powerful-that He resorts our soul. No matter how many people have wounded your soul, God can restore it. No matter how many self inflictions we have, no matter the painful words someone else has spoken into our soul, God is able and willing to restore it. Other versions say. He refreshes my soul, He renews my strength, He revives my life. It goes on to say, “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” He is leading us daily in His righteousness. We try so hard sometimes to do this Christian walk within our own might and power as though we are trying to prove to God that we are good enough when He tells us right here that He will lead us in His righteousness. We don’t have to prove we are good. NO, He is good and He leads us.

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My encouragement to you today is this: Allow Psalm 23 verses 1-3 to become a reality for you. Allow it to be tangible. Make the Lord your shepherd, your guide. He doesn’t want you to be in want or need. He will guide you to rest and to peaceful waters. He wants to restore your soul and lead you in the paths of His righteousness for His name’s sake. Trust Him today with EVERYTHING. With your habits, hang ups, failures and with your gifts and talents.

Rhonda head shotRhonda Jenkins is a 42 yr old child of the King, wife to a noble man of God, and mother to 3 Fabulous kiddos. She works full time job is as an LPTA in home health giving therapy to our precious Geriatric population. The thing that gives me life is writing. I enjoy writing to encourage others that they can overcome any obstacle past or present in Christ Jesus.
In Her Own Words: I am an optimist to the extreme. I wouldn’t only say that the glass is half full but I would add that I’m thankful for the glass and I’m thankful for the liquid that’s in the glass. My God has brought me through so much. I was married to an abusive husband at age 17, divorced at 19 with a one year old son. I moved 800 miles away from all of my family with my son to keep us safe. I married the man of my dreams at age 24. We have 3 children together and have been married almost 18 years. After being married with 3 wonderful kiddos, I went back to school while working a full time job to accomplish my goal to become an LPTA. I have served in my church as a greeter and in the nursery with the babies under a yr old. I currently serve on the prayer team. My greatest passion is writing. My writing mostly revolves around lessons learned via the Holy Spirit. Life is so full of opportunity and adventure and writing is my outlet. My desire is that my writing will help others grow in their relationship with God and with their fellow man.
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