I was not raised in a Christian family. I did not even know a single verse growing up. The one thing I remember that my mother taught me was to pray before I sleep, and that was the Lord’s Prayer. She taught me that when I was about 5 years old and that lasted with me until I grew into my teenage stage. I did it religiously but it was a great lesson nonetheless.
In retrospect, I thought I was a good kid in front of God due to my ritual nightly prayers;then my younger brother and I visited a family friend to our family. We visited for about a week. In our first night there, I saw something really amazing, before the family would go to bed, they gathered and would share scriptures to one another. I felt a rather juxtaposition feeling, I was both in awe and shame. When a 5 year old boy shared the whole Psalm 23, I felt like hiding under a rug. “I am 12 and don’t even know the whole of the10 commandments,” I thought to myself. Now that I am in the light, I fell in love with the Psalm 23 and it speaks so much truths.
Psalms 23: 1 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Jesus is the true Shepard who would leave the 99 to look for you, the only one, the only one missing sheep. You will not lack for peace or joy. Proverbs 14: 30 says that a heart at peace gives life to the body. More than anything, Jesus is our keeper of peace and He has come so that we would not lack any peace.
Psalms 23:2 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” Our Lord Jesus has come to give us life and life in abundance indeed. Already the still waters are available, already the green pastures are available, all He does is to lead us to these beautiful things he has already prepared. Colossians 2:10 says that we are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. Already we are complete, joy, love, abundance of life and wealth is in completeness. All that is left is just to allow ourselves to be led into all that has been provided. Let’s allow ourselves to be unveiled to all the goodness of God that complete and perfect.
Psalms 23: 3: “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Our soul is that part of us that is responsible for our emotions, how we feel when we are sad or happy. God didn’t bring Jesus just to restore our spirit. Jesus is interested in us wholly. God works in us to be keen and will to live a life that reflects His glory for the world to see Him in us.
Psalms 23:4 “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.” One of the most assured gifts that God gave us is a sound mind that knows that we are encamped in His beautiful love and heaven feel embrace everyday that kicks fear away from us. No matter the dull moments that we walk in or going through, we should be assured that His love has led us through.. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” You, yes you, Do not have the spirit of fear.
Psalms 23:5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” There is a beautiful scenario that occurred in the book of John where the disciples had locked themselves in an enclosed area after the death of Jesus. They were in fear of the Jews, and what a glorious thing that happened, Jesus appeared to them after His resurrection. In as much as He appeared to them, He said as much as He was sent by God, He sends them, He gave them such absolute assurance and told them not to fear and to be at peace regardless them surrounded by their enemies. He fed them peace, and authority. In the book of Matthew, He says God has given Him power in heaven and in the world, instilling a sense of ownership to the disciples as well the power that Jesus has been grunted. So know that no matter what is against you or in fear of your enemies, Jesus has empowered you already, He has fed you already with authority, tap into it and own it, be unveiled to the truth. On top of what Jesus fed them, He blew unto them the Holy Ghost. Anointing them with Holy oil. When you came into believing in Jesus, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. This Oil is with you wherever you go and indeed, it overflows like the river Jordan, busk and be forever sandwiched in this beautiful anointing.
Psalms 23:6, “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.” We don’t follow goodness, this goodness follows us. Jesus told Simon Peter to follow Him and He(Jesus) will make him(Peter) fishers of men. There is one thing that is needful, what is that you ask.. That is setting our focus on Jesus and He being all capable, causes the goodness to follow us. Are you a minister or aspire to be a minister, set focus on the one True Vine and just beautifully witness the fruits sprout without effort and sweat. Isn’t that what the plants do, they just suckle on the water and necessary nutrients and the fruits just bloom without effort.
This book Psalm really speaks to me in dimensions I can’t fully detail out. And I am so grateful to Jesus that now, I am well able to memories it and just enjoy it. I may have not known it by heart while I was growing up but I thank God that now, I have been given the Grace to do that now. Thank You Jesus.