Psalm 23 Part 2

I mentioned this on Monday, but please keep praying for Eliza Joy, Russell, and sweet baby Hannah Capps.  Eliza Joy has done an amazing job sharing her heart throughout this process on her blog, so be sure to follow her updates and keep them in your prayers.  God is doing mighty things in and through this family, but we need to continue to pray for complete healing and for Hannah to come home.

Yesterday, I talked a little bit about Psalm 23 and did a little summary of verses 1-4.  Today, I want to wrap up with verses 5-6.  As I explained yesterday, the first section describes God as our shepherd, and then second part depicts God as a host.  One who invites us in, welcomes us, loves us, and serves us.

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

Here we see God’s hospitality, favor, and His fullness.  “My cup runs over.”  Oh, how I love that!  Not only is God enough, but He is always increasingly, exceedingly, and abundantly more than enough and offers us an abundance.      

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Two things I love about the above are the words mercy and dwell.  I’ve referenced this before but in this instance, the Hebrew for mercy translates hesed, which translates as “a loyal, covenant love; a mutual relationship between God and man.”  God’s covenant and His loving kindness will follow us.  Rather than a fair weather friend, God is committed to us and offers us a continued, steadfast relationship with Him.

Plus, we have the incredible gift of being invited into His house to dwell.  Dwell has appeared several times this year on Long to Love (here and here), because that has been my heart’s desire and prayer.  Just like David, I long to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  What a gift that we’re invited in!! 

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; DWELL in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”
Psalm 37:3 (NKJV)

“Blessed are those who DWELL in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage.”
Psalm 84:4-5 (NIV) 

So I hope you’ve enjoyed our little jaunt with Psalm 23.  For a little variation, go to biblegateway.com and look at various translations.  My encouragement to you is never to simply gloss over it because it’s familiar as I have done many times, but really breathe in the truths that are contained within the six verses.

God is our shepherd, He meets our needs.
He brings us into places and seasons of rest.
He is the restorer of our souls.
Even when we are surrounded by fear and evil, God is with us!  We have nothing to fear; He is our comfort.

God invites us in and is abundantly more than enough.  
His goodness and covenant love will always be with us and we can dwell with Him forever! 

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