There is a very popular passage of scripture in the Bible that is found in Psalm 23. It is a psalm that David chronicled during one of his many difficult days. He begins the Psalm with a firm declaration of who he saw as his leader and the one whom he looked to for providing him with all that he needed.
So certain was his affirmation, that he vowed not to ever want anything in this life, nor in the life to come. As we say locally, his bread was buttered for life, he had it downpacked! It was his strong faith I believe that led to that strong conviction and one that would forever live on in our hearts.
We recite it when we are in trouble, when we need comfort, in times of death and sadness, in times when we seek peace, and that calm assurance that David himself had. After all, he was a man who was after God’s heart.
I know I’ve had some troubles in my life that the books could not contain. For those of you who know me personally, I’ve shared some very intimate and personal things with you – so you have a pretty good idea of where I am coming from with this. And in the spirit of transparency, I’ve even documented some things right here on my blog.
It is a matter of keeping it real, and down to earth. It is letting you into my world, you see my imperfections and watch God give me the strength to overcome each one of them with time and to give you the hope and the confidence that despite our human weaknesses and frailties, God is just as real in our lives that we can turn to Him at any time. He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. It is me speaking from a place in my heart that you too can identify with and not be ashamed of anything or living with the guilt of the past.
And so here is the deal…..A few years ago, I was going through a very difficult moment. The harsh rerality is, I was going through my divorce. Like you can imagine, it was a very heart breaking moment of my life, especially after nineteen (19) years of marriage and three (3) beautiful children. I sunk into depression as I was crushed! I was even suicidal at one point but thanks be to God for His saving grace.
Providence divinely interrupted the season of death! God stepped down and intervened and through Psalm 23, yes that very Psalm he took me to at that very moment and snatched me back from the jaws of death. He immediately shut the mouth of the roaring lions and when all was said and done, His Holy Spirit gave me the inspiration to chronicle Psalm 23 from that experience. This is what it says:
“The Lord is my Father, why should I worry since He is also my Provider?
Daily He would lay me down in a warm bed to sleep, and would even gently tickle my feet. The peace He gives me is far above my human understanding.
I will bless Him at all times, because He is just so loving.
Worrying about my enemies is way beneath my royal dignity.
Even then He says, “my child come sit with me, here is the spread I have for you, eat with me at my table.”
Blessings in abundance and the anointing, it just runs over!
Grace is my vehicle, no substitues allowed.
Goodness and mercy my bodyguards shall follow me the rest of my life
And I shall dwell in my Father’s house and sit at His side forevermore.”
I trust that this article has been a blessing to you. Be encouraged in the Lord to fight the good fight of faith. You are destined to overcome, no matter what you are going through today!