Bible Ballistics: BBs #619–Because The Lord is still MY Shepherd–even in hard times!!!   A Repost of BBs #245

Bible Ballistics: BBs #245 My Personal Amplified Psalm 23!

This has been on my heart for several days and I’d just like to share it with you, for I know that many of you are going through trials and difficulties, as we all do from time to time. And as the Lord’s return approaches, they are intensifying, so I felt one of my favorite Psalms would be in order, with a twist from my own personal perspective. The Psalm will be in our usual green, my ‘amplification’ in black.

I pray that as I write this, it will meet your needs wherever you are, physically, spiritually, emotionally or in your familial situations. Look up, walk forward and press on with Jesus.

The Lord

King of Kings–

Lord of Lords–

Creator and sustainer of the universe–

Lover of my soul–

The “ONLY” way–

The “ONLY” truth—

The “ONLY” life, blood bought at Calvary—

And because of Calvary the victor over death—

is my shepherd;

He belongs to me, He is MY shepherd—

Because I belong to Him through the cross—

 As He gave HIS life’s blood for the sheep—

My keeper—

My guard—

My teacher—

My protector—

My dearest friend–

I shall not want.

Because my God is watching over me—

He knows my needs before I do—

My heart is set on Him

If it pleases my Shepherd, it pleases me—

Because He “loves” me—

I can trust Him and His tender care—

I can trust HIS perfect will in all things–

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He provides for my sustenance—

When I follow Him, all is well with my soul—

 His pastures (like His will) provide the best care—

In His pastures I can rest my weary soul–

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

His water is still so I can drink to the full—

His still waters will never overwhelm me—

His waters will never drag me down in the mire—

His waters are still for my nourishment–

my safety—

my security– 

He restoreth my soul:

My shepherd knows my soul need restoring—

He leads me to quiet places even in the storm—

His can restore simply by HIS presence—

If we’ll but seek Him—

If we’ll but listen—

 If we’ll but rest in Him—

 If we’ll but trust and believe—

 He’ll never send us out powerless–

He’ll never send us out unprotected—

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

My shepherd leads my every step if I’ll go—

 My shepherd knows the way before me—

My shepherd gives me a lamp for my feet—

My shepherd gives me a light for my path—

My shepherd provides for my way at Calvary—

 His blood imparts His righteousness to me—

 I can walk in those paths because HE lives

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

And we all will die physically—

But with my shepherd death is only a door—

A door that leads to “LIFE” for eternity with HIM

And because of that—

I will fear no evil:

Because I belong to the Sovereign Lord of ALL—

Because the “joy of the Lord” is my strength—

Because I have “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”- 

for thou art with me;

Just as He promised,

to never leave me—

to never forsake me—

              The indwelling Holy Spirit is in me—

He has come in to dine with me—

I can dine with Him regardless of time or place—

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.   

       He is conforming me into the image of the SON

       Whether in reproof or instruction He is there—

       He is working all things for my good—

       As HE conforms me to the image of Jesus—

       So I can take comfort in the discipline of God

              Whether it’s instruction or correction—

              It will bring comfort to my soul–             

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

When others may come against me, God knows—

God wants my responses to reflect HIS glory—

       God is weaving me into a tapestry of holiness—

       He IS doing HIS work IN me, HIS child—

       He often does His best work under duress—

       I can trust to HIS ways, public and private– 

thou anointest my head with oil;  

My shepherd will reveal that I am His—

       He will verify my work for HIM

       He will identify me as HIS own—

       He will welcome me home, my real home—

       And because of ALL HE IS…..

my cup runneth over.

I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude

       The abundance of my soul bursts with love

       His love that HE place within me—

       My fullness of joy affects everything around me—

       To lead others to know my wonderful Shepherd—

       And the results are always in HIS hands.

And the results of knowing and following my dear Shepherd are incomparable:

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

May you ever bask in the joy of this Shepherd who loves you and laid down His life for you? If you know Him, trust Him with it all—HE cares. If you don’t know Him, I pray that you will call on Him to today, in repentance and faith, believing that His perfect life sacrificed for you is sufficient to forgive and cleanse you of all sin. God bless your journey to HIM and with HIM! The choice is still yours.