SERIES – A Personal Verse for a Public Virus: The Lord is My Shepherd
Psalm 23 KJV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
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.
People of exceptional faith will have exceptional foes.
Causes of Haters
- Doing things they want to do but can’t.
- Having things they want to have and don’t.
- Being things they want to be and aren’t.
From a trail to a table.
From a field to a feast.
I. God gives us all we need.
Peace is not the absence of enemies; it is the presence of God.
God’s judgement is the removal of his presence.
Judges 2:11-15 CEV – 11-13 The Lord had brought their ancestors out of Egypt, and they had worshiped him. But now the Israelites stopped worshiping the Lord and worshiped the idols of Baal and Astarte, as well as the idols of other gods from nearby nations. The Lord was so angry 14-15 at the Israelites that he let other nations raid Israel and steal their crops and other possessions. Enemies were everywhere, and the Lord always let them defeat Israel in battle. The Lord had warned Israel he would do this, and now the Israelites were miserable.
Isaiah 54:7-8 CEV – 7 I rejected you for a while, but with love and tenderness I will embrace you again. 8 For a while, I turned away in furious anger. Now I will have mercy and love you forever! I, your protector and Lord, make this promise.”
II. God gives me just what I need.
The oil both relieves and repels.
III. God gives us more than we need.
Isaiah 55:7 KJV – Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Ephesians 3:20 KJV – Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us
1 Peter 1:8 KJV – Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory