2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
- I have always been fascinated with these verses, especially after knowing the story behind the verses. David is on the run for his life, he is surrounded by his enemies and in the middle of the some of the most difficult days of his life he writes this psalm. I have always found myself wondering how he could do that? I panic over the slightest things and find it difficult to focus if I know someone is upset with me but Praise God in the middle of it? I don’t know about you but I can talk the talk but walking the walk is another thing entirely and until recently I did not even understand the concept of my cup overflowing.
The other powerful weapon you have against the enemies attacks is “Worship Music”. Music is close to God’s heart, just look at how many time’s it’s mentioned in the Psalms alone…..there is so much power in worshiping God in song! My Pastor has said “Music can touch the heart of God” So sing away Ladies, sing away the blues, sing away your anxiety, reach up and touch the heart of God with your song. I don’t care if you can sing a note or not……God doesn’t care either, he just desire’s our praises!
This song is dear to my heart because it’s about making a choice to choose God, to praise Him, to follow Him in the midst of some of your biggest difficulties! It doesn’t say “If I feel like it, Blessed be your name” no it says “Blessed Be your name when I’m found in the desert place, though I walk through the wilderness Blessed be Your name”. It’s a decision of your will not a feeling! So next time you are feeling attacked from “all sides” remember your 2 most power weapons against the attack and make the enemy pack his bags and run!
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