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A Psalm for your Birth year

June 16, 2023

Psalm 23
1 Yahweh is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He guides me in the 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 runs over. 6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.

1 cool aspect of the Birthday Bible verses search option is your year of birth, which corelates to a particular Psalm. We went back and forth on which verses / chapters to use for your birth year. I had thought about using Psalm 119 and the year of your birth would be that verse. 1950 – Psalms 119:50. But we decided to go with a full chapter of Psalms for your birth year.  I am glad. Those born this year and 100 years ago have an amazing Psalm.

There is no way a short devotional can do any justice to this incredible Psalm, so I just wrote a few observations below each verse. Please spend some time meditating and praying over these verses. God will reveal Himself through them.

Psalm 23

1 {A Psalm of David.} The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

       “IS” – present tense. The good shepherd always watches his flock.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

        Every translation says “make” or “maketh”. We have free will and most of us don’t like to be made to do anything. Sometimes He does this through illness or any means necessary. It doesn’t say He makes us eat the grass or drink the water but that He leads us to a place where we can eat and drink.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

      Restores / Refreshes – an act of returning to a previous state of well-being. Not our bodies or minds but our souls.  Leads / Guides – again, doesn’t make us do good but shows us the way, the correct path for His glory.      

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.

      Walk is an action word. Don’t sit around and wait for evil/ fear. Be active. Valleys are in between mountains and usually a place of beauty and rest. A shadow that casts itself over a mountain may not be as big as it appears since the mountain will block most light, BUT regardless of the size of the shadow, the shepherd has your back. The rod and staff were used by the shepherd as a defense mechanism against wolves, bears and any other predators that came against the sheep.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

      God has already prepared a table (most likely to eat a feast) for us. Where? In the presence of our enemies. Which means they will be watching us while God does all these things.  He cleanses us physically and blesses us more than we can handle.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

     One of our most favored Pastors of all time (Pastor Rich McCarrell) gave an illustration over 30 years ago about this verse and I still remember it. We all have 2 amazing dogs as pets, one named Goodness and one named Mercy. They follow us wherever we go, and we cannot get rid of them. They do not need a leash and nor can they be told to stay. They have one job – to follow us wherever we go!

WE WILL dwell in God’s house forever and ever and ever!!  Nuff said .

Dave R

      ’69 / ’83   Quarryville  PA

Bonus Verse 2 Corinthians 6:16

Doris Jean H

’44 / ’55 Manheim PA

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