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Psalm 23: looking at the character of god, part 2

Psalm 23 is by far one of the most familiar and comforting Psalms.

Psalm 23 reveals the character of God. The Psalm presents us with a picture of how God wants to interact with us, His people.

In Part One, we looked at verses 1-4 of Psalm 23 and discovered:

Jehovah Rohi, the Lord our Shepherd 

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord, our Provider

Jehovah Shalom, which means the God of Peace

Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord, that heals

Let’s continue to explore Psalm 23!

“…he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).

This verse reveals Jehovah Tsidkenu; the Lord is my Righteousness. Righteousness means having right standing with God. Second Corinthians 5:21 says: “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

You and I are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You can hold this position because you are also the Forgiven. When you fall, get up! Don’t waste time beating yourself up. Repent and get back in right standing with God. You see, that is where the victory is. Rehearsing your weaknesses will only keep you in defeat. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; (Psalm 23:4).

Our God is Jehovah Shammah; The Lord is There. The Lord is ALWAYS with you. Practice the presence of God. Throughout the day remind yourself that He is closer to you than your next breath.

“…thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: (Psalm 23:4-5).

Jehovah Nissi means the Lord is my Banner; He covers me. This name gives us a picture of safety and protection. What is that banner made of? Love! Song of Solomon 2:4 says, He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.

Love is the reason God wants to be with us, cover us and heal us. His love motivates Him to keep us safe, watch over and provide for us. God is love, and His aim is to fill us with His peace. He sent His only Son into this world to be sin for us so that we could be His righteousness.

The love of God is woven throughout Psalm 23. And, because of that love, we can declare in faith the last verse in this Psalm:

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 (Psalm 23:6).

Declare Psalm 23 over your life now while keeping the names of God revealed here in mind:

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 mine 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 for ever.

Love,

Karin

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