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".01" Psalm 23:6

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."

The family that I married into has a running joke. When something is 99.9%, our family is the .01%. It is rather funny how many times people will tell us, "What are the chances?" and "Only your family". Having this label does two things. First, it definitely gives you a sense of humor. If you don't laugh, the tears coming from your eyes will not be good. Second, it gives a false sense of security, because if we fail, lose something, or something just gets out of control, we can just say that we knew it would happen, and go on expecting the worst.

This verse definitely makes me think. I wonder if my thoughts would go here "surely goodness and mercy will follow me" how different my outlook would be. Psalm 145:8 says that God is merciful and Psalm 100:5 says that God is good, so this would mean God is with me all the…

"Raise your cup" Psalm 23:5

5. '"Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou aniontest my head with oil; My cup runneth over."

Well I have to admit, this day is a difficult one for me to write. I don't know if it's because I still have a hard time believing it, or if I feel that I don't deserve it. Let's move forward and see where only He can take us.

God prepares us a table right before me and for me, yet He prepares it in the same place as my enemies. First, let me stop here and note, did you ever notice how many references there are to food in the bible? I love food, so He is always speaking my language. I was also thinking, when was the last time you tried to sit and eat, a feast none the less, while your enemies were present? I would have a hard time eating, because my mind, heart and head would be in three different places, which would make my stomach split in three as well. My stomach hurts just thinking about it. Ok, now let's move on.

"Let's take a walk" Psalm 23:4

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."

Ok, so I think this may be the most well known verse not only in this Psalm, but in the bible. I wonder why. Part of it has even been rapped about. This verse is very profound to me on many levels. You see, I suffered with anxiety most of my life, and only in my bond with Christ did I find freedom from it. But let's take a walk through that valley anyway, shall we?

First of all, let me touch on the fact that we are in a valley. I know this is never a fun place to be. The peaks seem to be so much more exciting, but think about this for a minute, where does the grass grow on the mountain, I don't think so. When we are in the pits of our despair, that is where we grow the most. We may not feel like it during that time, but God uses all things for good (Romans 8:28). That is the place where we are left with nothing …

"Tell them what they've won Bob, it's a new car!" Psalm 23:3

3. "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake."

This is so amazing to me that God can take an old, beat down, anxious chassis like myself and not only restore my soul but to set me on the path of righteousness.

When you see a '65 mustang or corvette that looks as if they are brand new, don't think that it was just parked in the garage for the last forty six years. The car was worked on by someone with a craft and ability to transform the inside and outside of that car. They rebuild the engine, they replace all the insides of the car. Then they work on the body, removing any rust, filling any holes, and finally the paint job to make it look as good as new.

Like the person who restores vehicles, God restores our souls first. He comes in, once we let Him, and replaces our engine, removing any unforgiveness and bitterness. He then begins to remove the rust that has formed from old sin. He fills the holes that were l…

Rest Psalm 23:2

2 "he maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters"

We as humans forget the simple task of rest, me included. So many times we live our lives according to the to-do list. Sometimes we just need to rest, yes even from that list. I can remember when I had my hysterectomy. I knew of the challenges my mid section would have following the surgery, however, I was determined not to gain an ounce. So, I walked and walked as I recovered. I was young, I didn't think I needed rest. All I can say is that God thought otherwise. As I prepared to go back to work, two weeks early, I decided to have a quick garage sale. I stepped on something that was thrown in my foyer and fell, breaking my right foot. He maketh me to lie down all right. For the next three weeks, that's all I did.

So now that we are resting, what do we do with it? Do we sit and complain, or do we drink from those still waters? When God calls us to rest, sometimes it'…