Just two more days of rest post before moving on to ” Hearts ” for February. So, before we talk about sabbath rest we are going back to Psalm 23, I will go ahead and post it and the an anagram, I made to help us remember, I think it is interesting to that it says, He makes us lie down in green pastures.
Sometimes, we need a little help to rest, the shepherd guides us along.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads 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 mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
My anagram for REST.
Restore my soul.
Enemies see Him prepare my table.
Surely goodness and mercy follow me.
The Lord is my Shepherd.
Notice the first letters of restore, if you like puzzles or word games this is a good idea for memorizing verse, anda great teaching method for children. Learning the Bible can be fun not a punishment. ( if you are old enough to remember the Waltons, or see the reruns, they had to memorize verses. )
I love studying Hebrew, it says Hashem roi lo ech sar. Hashem is literally, the name, Yahweh. Roi is shepherd, also El Roi, the God who sees. Lo means no, Ech sar means not to want. It is interesting the word sar is prince as Sar Shalom, so if the Lord is your Prince you should not be lacking or wanting anything, but we do when step out of faith and rest, it is there for us whatever we need, He will provide.
You can get into deep studies on the names of God, I have done a few posts as other bloggers have and there are many good teachings online. Psalm 23 is easy to memorize, to read or recite everyday. It is full of His rest. If you like to think of goodness and mercy following you as angels, that’s fine too.
Confessing you are His righteousness activates faith and favor, we are only because of Him and we know that. But we want Isaiah’s no weapon verse going in our life. It quenches fear. I want a restored soul, so many things take away little pieces of it, as a believer in Christ, you won’t lose it for eternity but it needs restoring and renewal, why He offers rest.
I would rather just lie back in a green pasture by myself after walking beside still or peaceful water, and not fear, the trouble is I don’t always do it on my own with a little prodding from the Shepherd. Too many women are overdoing it, and we need His rest, especially, in the presence of enemies, sometimes they are in your own house, your family can drive you and wear you out when God says rest.
God bless you with His rest, and anoint you with the oil of His Spirit to guide you.
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