“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. You prepare a tablet before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the day’s of my life, and I will dwell in the house of he Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:1-6)
This psalm reveals the many ways God shows His loving kindness and protecting power to those who need Him. Grace if God’s unmerited blessing freely given to those who do no deserve it. This psalm expressed confidence that God will help even in the word possible circumstances, including death and evil. God’s concern for us is illustrated by His being the Good Shepherd and the gracious Hos; although we will face evil, we will not fear it because of His companionship. We can and must trust in God’s goodness despite the problems of live, including the dark valley of death.
God is the loving Shepherd and caring Host. At the beginning, the sheep looked to the Shepherd for leadership, guidance, and protection in he end the guest, now situated securely in the safety of the Lord’s sanctuary described the abundance of eternal provision. Life faces us with danger and enemies, but we can face life with confidence in God, because we have His protection.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, this psalm written by David, reveals his understanding of how no matter what we get into in life, He is clearly with us and will protect us. Abba, no matter where we are, You are with us. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If you are living your life as if there is no God, you’d better be right!”
“Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pry over him and anoint him with oil in the name of he Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” (James 5:14-16)
Christians have no exemption fro the natural laws of God’s universe. We do get sick. We do have a mission to heal the sick. James described the use of oil a medical remedy in his day as well as a symbol of God’s powerful presence. Christians should pray for the sick and use all resources available to effect healing. Ultimately we must leave the healing to God. Faith in God should not be lose if the sick person is not healed. Faith in God should not be lost if the sick person is not healed. Prayer never is a device by which God can be manipulated into doing our will. Some healings happen in this life, while others happen after death. Faithful followers of Christ accept God’s answer to prayer whatever it may be. We do know from personal experience the great power prayer has in our ministry to the sick.
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive our all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out o preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He tole them: ‘Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, a a testimony against them.’ Do they set out and went from village to village, preaching he gospel and healing people everywhere.” (Luke 9:1-6)
The early disciples obeyed the Lord, who blessed their ministry s He had promised. We miss many blessings by not doing what the Lord has said to do. Our task is to preach and heal. We must not neglect either task. Before sending the Twelve out to a preaching and healing ministry, Jesus gave them the necessary power and authority. God always gives His disciples what is needed to do what He calls them to do.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, preach this message! ‘The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received freely give.’” (Matthew 10:8)
Jesus sent His disciples to continue His ministry and thus be agent of God’s revelation. Preaching God’s kingdom brings revelation of God’s good news to people. Jesus described several actions which were ways to proclaim the Kingdom.