The Promises of God, Part 2 by Allan McGuirl
Today we continue looking at all the promises of God from different perspectives. Now, when I say, “all”, there are over 3,500 promises God makes to us in His Word. We are going to take one at a time, and I guarantee you we will not go through all 3,500.
You know, there is one Psalm that all of us know that is full of promises. That is Psalm 23. We only have time to cover them in point form but I trust it will be an encouragement to you.
Everyone is familiar with the first verse where it says, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want.” This Psalm is often used at funerals, but I want to approach this from a different angle regarding the promises of God. There is real joy, comfort and blessing as we look at this day-to-day experience in walking with our Shepherd. I call this our relationship. The Great Shepherd is guiding our steps – what a privilege.
In verse 1 it says, “I shall not be in want.” He is our resource. Over the years as missionaries, my wife, Florrie, and I could tell endless stories of how our Shepherd has provided over the many years.
In verse 2, it says, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” Sheep need rest and so do we. As the Shepherd watches over the sheep, so Christ watches over us. We can rest in His promises and care – Wow! Verse 2 says “He leads me beside quiet waters.” Sheep need water. I am reminded of the refreshing water of His Word daily quenching my thirst.
In verse 3 we read, “He (that is Jesus) restores my soul.” Restoration is His healing power keeping us. Although we may falter physically, and mentally, He keeps us spiritually renewed. Isn’t He a Great Shepherd? Also in verse 3 it says “He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” How does He do that? I think of the Holy Spirit who indwells each child of God guiding our conscience when we would wander off the pathway of righteousness. Thank you Lord!
Verse 4 deals with our relationship. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me.” Christians are not immune to danger – dark, scary, and difficult experiences that can try to overcome us. “Relationship” with our Shepherd will carry us through.
Verse 4: Then there is the rod – “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me” I picture the “rod” as a symbol of authority – we are under His control, by His staff. He is the all-powerful One who overcomes evil.
Verse 5 says, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” I think of a great reception – a huge banquet table – bearing every kind of food and reserved for God’s people. How important it is to feast on His Word, the Bread of Life, and be strengthened day by day.
In verse 6, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.” God’s unfailing promise that His goodness will attend us to the grave. His love is always surrounding us. What more could we ask?
Then, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Yes, rejoice in heaven with Jesus for all eternity. So many great promises! I trust you are experiencing each one in your daily life as we reflect on the truths of this great Psalm.
May the Lord richly bless you, and I trust you know the Lord as your personal Shepherd.
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