Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.”
As Christians, there will be times in your life when you do not know which way to turn. Our Lord has promised guidance, as we see in the above Scripture verse for today’s daily devotional.
David is a good example of this. There were times he clearly had God’s guidance, and there were other times when he did not know what to do. We also see that he usually waited on the Lord whenever he could.
On other occasions, decisions had to be made on the spot – sometimes they were life and death decisions. At those times, he did not receive clear and conscience guidance from the Lord, but looking over his life, it is undeniable that God was often guiding even in those decisions.
The key is that David lived to accomplish God’s will and to please God. He prayed often and stayed in the Word. When it came time for decisions, he sought God’s will carefully. At other times, his knowledge of the Word helped him to make the right decisions – and God guided him through those rough times.
Our verse for today tells us that God delights in the individual who is following His will. Yes, that includes regularly going to church, daily Bible reading, living a godly life, praying, etc. That individual has the promise that God will guide you through thick or thin times.
Psalm 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
The primary theme of the 23rd Psalm is that God takes care of His own. Each daily devotional so far from this chapter has shown that fact. There is no doubt that He will permit some trouble, and sometimes it may even seem like He is not in control. However, if He permits it, and if you are serving Him as you ought, then you can be sure that nothing that comes your way is not without His Divine reason.
Perhaps you may even be wondering where your next meal may come from – I have been there. You may also wonder what steps you should take next. When there was a need, He met that need; although, I must admit it was not always as I had hoped or expected. Yet, He was faithful.
Even when we get into the direst of circumstances, as David sometimes was – “in the presence of mine enemies,” you can be sure that He will still provide. Do not doubt Him, but be certain to go to Him for guidance and wisdom – as well as for provision. He is more than able to give you what you need. He can and He will provide. He has given us more than one promise of this, as in Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
While in the trial, things may appear a little dark and uncertain. Remember, though, trials are only temporary, and God will put praise on your lips for Him if you just continue to wait on Him and do His will. David adds that “my cup runneth over.” This means more than enough; it overflows. How good God is to His own!
Psalm 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”
Once saved, the child of God has promises from God that He will provide the needs of His own. This Psalm continues to use the illustration of God’s people being sheep who are led by a loving Shepherd.
This verse tells us that God leads His sheep to “green pastures,” which simply refers to a place of sufficiency. Plenty of grass for them to eat. Our shepherd is concerned that we get enough to eat. It may not mean steak everyday, but we will have what we need.
This Bible verse also tells us that He will lead us beside “still waters.” This is a reference to the fact that literal sheep are afraid of rapidly moving water. They need to be able to drink out of still water, where they will have calmness of mind and heart. Christ the Shepherd does the leading to the things we need, we just need to be sure that we are following closely.
Psalm 23:1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
There is no doubt that Psalm 23 is certainly one of the most widely known chapters in the Bible. It seems like a good chapter to start a series of daily devotionals with. Believers all over the world find great comfort in its verses. If you are a believer, it can help you find comfort today, because it declares His care for you.
The key to the comfort that God provides is found in the first part of the verse – “The Lord is my Shepherd.” If this part of the verse is not true, then the last part does not apply. You must be one of God’s children for this to apply.
If you are following where Christ leads you, and are obeying Him, then you can be sure that the provision and comfort will follow. He is a good and faithful Shepherd to His sheep. It may not always come when you want, but it will come. Keep on trusting Him for grace and glory, and you can be sure that He will continue to take care of your needs – “I shall not want.” Notice that the promise is for needs, and not necessarily for things you want. Be sure to thank Him for His provision each day, which includes peace of heart and mind, as well as physical blessings.
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