Monday, October 24, 2011

Psalm 23--It's Good News!

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
Do you ever feel lonely? Afraid of the future? Feel like your life is empty?

David often felt that way. Sometimes he even wished that he could die. But when he thought about the goodness of the Lord, his joy revived, and peace filled his heart. You can have the same experience today. David says in Psalm 23, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." So, there is nothing to be afraid of. He says in verse 5, "My cup runneth over." Your cup may be small or it may be large, but if you will believe that the Lord is your shepherd, your happiness and peace will be like a cup that is so full it spills over.

Think of the Lord as having only one sheep to take care of--that's you. He gives you His undivided attention. Since He is infinite, He can do that. The blessing is realized when you believe it.

David says, "[The Lord] leadeth me in the paths of righteousness" (vs. 3). That means, He will direct your life, every step that you take. Your education, your business, your marriage, your ministry. Each path He directs you into will be a path that is right for you. Galatians 6:4 says that each of us has a special knack for doing something that no one else can do as well--and we will fit into our proper niche as the Lord leads us in those paths of righteousness.

David says, "[The Lord] restoreth my soul" (vs. 3). That means He heals you. Everybody has in some way been wounded, or been sick spiritually. We have lost something precious out of our lives, and may be tempted to discouragement. But the Lord will restore what we have lost, and heal our souls. We've only scratched the surface of Psalm 23--read it--on your knees, and believe it. It's Good News!

--Robert J. Wieland

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