Tuesday, January 5

Consider His Benefits - Part 1

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

What are the Lord's benefits toward us? To what extent does God love us?
What is his heart toward us?

This Psalm captures some of God's loving care for us. The Hebrews had a special word for God's care ... Hesed (pronounced qh-ehss-ud). This word is so rich in meaning that the KJV folks translated the word "Lovingkindness". If I understand correctly, they created this contracted word, lovingkindness, to capture this Hebrew word's rich meaning.

But more importantly, it captures the heart of God toward His own. We see that here in the Shepherd's care of Psalm 23.

Can you take a second and identify at least 3 special things that God has done, is doing or will do on behalf of His people in Psalm 23?

Go ahead, stop and think through the Scripture above. Meditate on it .......


Now that you have identified 3 special things that God provides for His people, identify 1 that speaks to you this day and ask God to continually impress it upon you as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death today.

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