Tuesday, April 13, 2010

PRIME TIME WITH GOD: 23RD PSALM


Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me." - Psalm 23:4a KJV


In the battles of the workplace or home, your peace is actually a weapon. The workplace creates many opportunities to rob us of our peace. Cash flow concerns, deadlines, relationships - all create stress on us. Your confidence in the God of peace declares that you are not falling for the lies of the devil. You see the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus confronted the devil, he did not confront satan with His emotions or in fear. Knowing that the devil was a liar, He simply refused to be influenced by any voice other than God's. His peace overwhelmed satan; His authority then shattered the lie, which sent demons fleeing.


There is a place of walking with God where you simply fear no evil. David faced a lion, a bear, and a giant. In this Psalm he stood in the "shadow of death" itself, yet he "feared no evil." David's trust was in the Lord. He said, "...for Thou art with me." Because God is with you, every adversity you face will unfold in victory as you maintain your faith in God!

David continued, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies" (Ps. 23:5a). The battle you are in will soon become a meal for you, an experience that will nourish and build you up spiritually. Only God's peace will quell your fleshly reactions in battle. The source of God's peace is God Himself. If fear has been knocking at your door, begin to face that fear with God's peace. It is God's secret weapon to destroy fear. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me." - Psalm 23:4a KJV


By O. Hillman.

When I am faced with serious or threatening issues, I find this psalm to be a comforter for my worries. I am not one to be prone to flying on a commercial jet or any air craft. The thought terrifies me but it was part of my job years ago. I had no fear racing an 800 H.P. car at up to 200 M.P.H. but the thought of flying was another matter. Naturally the 23rd psalm always seemed to come to mind and it became a habit when ever I flew to recite it and it comforted me. However if we hit turbulent air while flying, I would recite the Lords prayer and the 23rd psalms like some say Hail Mary's. It made me feel safer. Even today after I don't fly any more, that simple psalm makes rough going much easier in a time of crisis.

10 comments:

Tracy said...

I'm grateful to know that when I go through those "valley of the shadow of death" places in my life that God is with me.

RCUBEs said...

This was the Psalm that the Lord had shown me to pray when I was entering a spiritual battle in my family. It comforted me then and still does every time I am facing a tough trial. I'm so glad that we are not alone as we walk through those deepest and darkest valleys. Blessings.

photogr said...

Tracy:

I am too but this psalm is quite special to me and the reasons are obvious.

photogr said...

RCUBEs:

There are other psalms that can be inspiring but this one resonates my faith in God.

Crystal Mary said...

I love the 23rd Psalm. One night God showed me, when I was feeling at my lowest level...that
"Goodness and Mercy" from that Psalm were 2 Angels who followed and protected me, wherever I went. Since then the Psalm has become alive! But...all of Gods Word is alive, He speaks to us and all we need do is listen. Praise His name!

photogr said...

Crystal Mary:

Exactly.

eaglegirl said...

Good message. We all need to be reminded of Psalm 23 from time to time. It is one of the parts of the Bible we hear about over and over and might treat it lightly.
But it is heavy with wonderful things from God.

JD Curtis said...

I had no fear racing an 800 H.P. car at up to 200 M.P.H. but the thought of flying was another matter

Of course, I'm the same way. "Sudden engine trouble" has a completely different meaning at 10,000 feet than it does on a highway. ;-)

photogr said...

Eaglegirl:

It has been my all time favorite for years. Might add I said it a few times comming back from Florida during the tornado warnings and heavy storms we encountered.

photogr said...

JD:

At least I am not alone with the flying issue. Don't know why but I feel safer flying on 4 wheels just a half foot off the ground over 10,000 plus feet off the ground.