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Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd.  I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.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.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil.  My cup runneth over.

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

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Life can be very difficult at any given moment…I have always found the Psalms to be very comforting  ~ I found them when I was about 10 years old…I have favorites:  I love psalm 91: it is reassuring and offers strength and comfort.  Also, ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.’   ‘Thy loving-kindness is better than life.’  ‘ Sing unto the Lord a new song.’   The words of the Psalms bring hope and assurance that God is with us no matter what our circumstances or shortcomings or sins.
David, the Psalmist, truly sought after God; he wanted to know Him; he wanted to know God’s will for his life. Before he consecrated his life to the Lord, David had made many mistakes that led to sin… and he was truly sorry for the things he had done. God heard him and forgave him for his sins.  The Psalms represent David’s prayers and songs to God and they are written in a beautifully unique way, lyrically and leaning toward poetry.    Psalm 116:1 and 2:   I love the Lord because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.   Psalm 118:1   Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! for His mercy endures forever…    Psalm 139: 23 and 24:    Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties…and see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.
© October, 2012 Carol Castagna

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