Hello everyone and a “Happy Monday” to you all! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! As you begin another new week…my prayer for you; is that you will truly feel God’s loving presence, walking close beside you…all day long!
Today…God has started out my week, with the reading of the 23rd Psalm. Isn’t it amazing how we tend to skip over the verses in the Bible that we feel we already know…never realizing what can be hidden between each word…sentence and verse?
Throughout my life, I remember reading the 23rd Psalm many times; but it was while walking through the dark shadows of despair; that God truly opened up these verses to me…and this is what I’d like to share…heart to heart with you today.
As we begin…the first verse of the 23rd Psalm says… “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Just think, when we have the Lord in our lives…we have no need of anything. In other words…He becomes every source…every answer and every word of truth that can become provision for us…hope for us and the way towards freedom, instead of despair. We don’t need to lean on money or make any other thing a god in our lives because He is the true and living God…the One who holds all resources within His powerful hands…and it doesn’t take the things we feel we need, for us to make it through this life, when God is there for us.
Now in verse 2, we read… “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.” I have truly experienced this verse many times. Even though I go through a lot of struggles in my life; God always has a way of leading me away…to a place within the heart, where I can truly experience His peace…a place where I can find relief from those struggles…a place where I can sit in His presence, rather than the muck and mire of that despair; where He shelters me with wings of love, until the struggle no longer exists. And while I’m sitting in His presence; “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Verse 3) What comforting thoughts!
You know…God never promised that we would be free from trouble…but He did promise us something in verse 4, which reads…“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.” Just think…even though the circumstance can make us feel as if we are walking down a dark path alone…we really aren’t alone because the presence of a powerful and mighty God is walking close beside us. Even though the territory we are crossing through can make us fear the things that may lie ahead of us…God is there…all the way; ready to handle every situation that may come our way. In fact…in verse 5 He states this… “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” In other words…His power is so great; that no enemy of circumstance can block a powerful God like Him, from blessing us; even in the midst of affliction…for God is God and no other power can have control over us.
Finally, in verse 6, we discover an even greater hope to hold to, which says… “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” So…these resources we receive from Him, during the struggles and challenges of this life don’t stop, when the struggle ends; for He continues to walk close beside us…blessing us with His goodness and mercy…even as we take that final step into heaven.
One thing I know for sure; this is the God I have in my life…the One who is everything, for everything I need…the One who sustains me, during the struggles of my life…the One who keeps restoring my soul; so I can continue to press on…the One who I always feel close beside me, while walking through the dark shadows of despair…the One who continues to bless me and walk every painful step with me; and even more…the One, who I know, will never leave my side, until I enter heaven with Him.
My prayer for you today; is that you will find this piece of hope to cling too also…one that can help you to keep pressing on…no matter what may enter your life!
Have a great Monday…take care and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow! God bless!
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