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Satisfied in Life

Psalm 23 is mostly likely one of the best know passages in the Bible, Today just some thoughts as it’s read. SATISFIED; vs 1 My shepherd, there must be a time and place where He became your shepherd, when you realized your need for a Saviour and accepted Him as your only hope and full payment for sin. Be also sure our wants are in line with His wants for us at the time.  REFRESHING; vs 2 Rest in green pastures and still waters, our refreshing comes as we spent time reading, mediating on the Bible, His letters to us.  RESTORED;vs 3a  Fellowship awaits us when we fail, if we confess it to Him alone and He will forgive and restore our fellowship with Him, that’s love. GUIDANCE: vs 3b When our fellowship is right with Him He guides us down the right path the way of righteous living. COMFORT: vs 4  Christians need to fully understand that in this life we as others in the past and in many places today will go through some actural horrors in life. At these times we can find comfort in our relationship with Christ, and yes there will be hurts, heartaches and troubles in this life. He never promised smooth sailing but only a secure vessel. PROVISIONS; vs 5 He provides what we actually need at the time and what is best for us. Our attitudes and action in times of trouble may be a testimony to others that we know nothing about.  SECURITY;  vs 6a Our body guards and companions though life goodness and mercy are with us all our lives each day, they guide and protect, even when we don’t know it or understand the events. HOPE; vs 6b Our future is secure and glorious to be in the actual visible presence of the LORD Himself forever.

Psalm 23  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.

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Our security
The psalmist speaks of his commitment to love God. Today the word love is used freely and loosely relating to current feelings toward another, but true love is a commitment to another that last. Our love for God is in response to His love shown to us beginning with our salvation. He is our rock, the secure foundation on which we build our lives daily. Our fortress our place of protection and security. Our deliver He rescued us from the penalty of sin and now will deliver us from the power of sin as we stay close to Him in our walk. My God the one we worship and give our allegiance to. He is our strength for living the life pleasing to Him we can’t do it on our own strength. He is our buckler shield to protect us from the things thrown at us as we live daily the temptations, troubles and sorrows. The horn of my salvation the horn on animals is used for their defense it’s their power He is our defense our salvation is secure with Him. Our high tower that is our place of safety, our trust for eternity and daily living is placed in Him alone what He has promised He will do. Psalm 18: 1-6 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. 4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. 5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. 6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

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How does anyone know for sure they have been saved, had their sins forgiven and are assured of heaven when they die. Some teach that your go back to a time when you went forward in a church or other services or prayed a prayer. For myself and others that can give them false assurance of their salvation for a long time the rest on that action, until hopefully as with myself they are really saved. The apostle John here is saying look at the evidence of your daily life. It’s fine to look back to that time when you prayed to receive Christ as your personal Saviour. That is a time for real rejoicing and giving praise to God . But also with that consider the changes in your life since that time. Is your desire in keeping Christ’s commandments, precepts and desires. 2nd Corinthians 5:17”If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”  John 3:15 “If ye love me keep my commandments” We are told to follow Jesus’ example and to love others. As Christians we  each  should have as our goal  to never to go against what Christ desires in our life. The way of salvation is made simple, we hear the Word of God concerning our relationship to Him, we realize we are sinners and need forgiveness, we believe that Jesus’ death on the cross of Calvary is the only way to have forgiveness. ”Verily, verily , I say unto you He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.’ John 5:24. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.  “ Romans 8:14,16. The apostle John has very bluntly states that if what we profess to believe and what we do in living daily don’t match we are a liar and the truth (Christ is the truth) is not in us. Rest assured we all will sin as we walk through life but as Christians we can confess those sins to Christ and get forgiveness. If one loves Christ and His word the Bible is will show in their normal daily living. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him and keepeth not his comments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the lobe of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even as he walked. ” 1st John 2:3-6

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