1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (King James Version)
This set of scripture has so much in it. It’s a very powerful prayer that takes about 21 seconds to recite. As a recap to our message on Sunday, I want to point out a few things.
- He is our shepherd and we will always have what we need IF he remains our shepherd.
- Are you allowing him to Shepherd you?
- We are too busy a lot of times and he wants us to rest.
- Are you resting in him? (Matthew 11) Are you too buy to hear him?
- He is all about restoration. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been he has restoration waiting for you.
- There are specific paths of righteousness he has for you.
- It is your choice which path you will take. Or will you choice to try your own brand of righteousness?
- There will be dark times in our lives. Yes, we even will walk in the shadow of death.
- But we don’t have to fear those times.
- He has a table just for you and he wants to present it to you in the face of adversity. David went through some things before he ever got to the table, but saw the table in the valley.
- Change what you are thinking and it will change what you are seeing.
- When we change what we are thinking, we can be anointed to change what we are seeing. Let his anointing flow over you. You’ve been called and you’ve been anointed for the call.
- He starts out by saying that he has everything he needs. But now in verse 5 at the end he says his cup runs over. God is a God of more than enough. I don’t believe it’s his will to walk only in what we need, but to walk in abundance. Are you walking in abundance?
- In verse 6 David makes a declaration here that “goodness and mercy” will follow him all his days; but there’s a catch. He would dwell in the house of the Lord forever. David was king and it was impossible to live in the house of the Lord so how can this be? David obviously didn’t live there but what he did was this:
- it (the house) was ever on his mind. Everything he did centered around the house of the Lord. Pleasure, hobbies, responsibilities were all centered around God’s house. Is that the case with you in your life? Or does the house of the Lord take second place depending on what is going on? Make HIS house first and watch what happens.
Today, find your table! It’s there. Just ask the Lord to show it to you.