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Psalm 23 by Florence D’Costa

Psalm 23   A psalm of David.

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.

My views:  David was shepherd before he became king.  He knew what is was to be a shepherd.  He would do anything to protect his sheep.  He once killed a lion and a bear, bare handed to protect his sheep. He killed animals that were stronger than him. So, he calls the Lord his shepherd and he knows for sure that God would protect him and that he lacked nothing. He knew that the Lord would take great care of him.  David continues… He says that the Lord would make him lie down in green pastures and lead him near quiet waters. , meaning that he would not be in want for anything and the Lord would refresh his soul.  He knows that a shepherd would guard and protect his sheep, both during the day and night.  For sure David knew that the Lord God would protect him from evil, darkness and from his enemies.  He says that God prepares a table for him in front of his enemies and he wants for nothing.  David was king and his head was annointed and he has everything.  He is assured that God is goodness and mercy and love and would follow him for the rest of his life and that one day he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever – meaning heaven.

This is a beautiful psalm and we can apply it to our lives.  If God is our shepherd,. we would enjoy all these things that David enjoyed through his great faith in God.  If we had faith like David, we also would want for nothing.  God would be our protector, our provider, our guide, he would refresh our soul and help us to walk the straight and narrow path.  He would annoint our heads with oil and give us grace to be God’s children.  He would prepare a banquet for us in front of our enemies and our enemies would know that God is our Host.  We can also be assured that God’s goodness, mercy and love and will follow us for the rest of our lives and that one day, we will dwell in the Lord’s House forever.  IT WOULD BE GOOD TO MEDITATE ON THIS PSALM AND SEE WHAT THE LORD IS SAYING TO YOU.

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February 1, 2019 - Posted by | Catechesis, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, God is our Shepherd, God's Love, Goodness, Love, Mercy, Psalms, Word of God, Youth

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