Monday, May 09, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Psalm 23:6


Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life
Psalm 23:6
 
In a prayer study I'm reading, T. W. Hunt shared his version of the 23rd Psalm. Saying that he's been in scholarly environments most of his life, he said that generally thinks of God as a teacher and prays: "The Lord is my Professor," he wrote.
 
He then challenged us to write our own version.
 
The first step, he said, is to determine who God is to you.
  • Is he a Teacher, and you a Student?
  • Is he a Master, and you a Servant?
  • Is he is Boss, and you an Employee?
  • Is he a King, and you a Subject?
  • Is he a Parent, and you a Child?
  • Is he a Potter, and you the Clay?
  • Is he a Trial Guide, and you a Follower?
  • Is he a Craftsman, and you an Apprentice?
  • Is he a Friend, and you a Friend too?
When I wrote my version (which is below), I determined that I think of God in three ways -- a teacher, a provider, and one who challenges me and pushes me to grow. A Father does all of these things. Therefore ...
 
The Lord is my shepherd;
The Lord is my Father.
I shall not want.
For my needs, a provider.
 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He tucks me in at night. 
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He leads me to places of refreshing delight.
He restoreth my soul:
And he always helps my faith grow aright.
 
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Because of my dad's wisdom and guidance,
I bear his name proudly with family reverence.
 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
While this whole world is full of too much darkness and drear.
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
When I'm with my Pop, I do not fear.
 
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
His discipline is quick and it's certainly real.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
But even that is welcome like a home-cooked meal, 
because evil attacks our weakness with uncommon zeal.
 
thou anointest my head with oil;
I am thankful my Father pours his blessings upon me.
my cup runneth over.
And nurtured, my gifts tend to overflow freely.
 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
His lovingkindness makes me forever secure.
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I abide in his grace, thankful and pure.
 
Try writing your own!
 
In Christ's Love,
the son of my Father
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Who is God to me? A healer, teacher, guide, comforter, disciplinarian ...


The Lord is my shepherd;
The Lord is my Healer;
I shall not want.
an ever present Comforter.
 
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He gives me places to safely rest:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He leads me to places of quiet solitude.
He restoreth my soul:
He heals my broken spirit.
 
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
He holds me in his arms as he guides me along the way.
 
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
When I fall to the bottom of the pit and see no light
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
You gently reach down and help me through your might.
 
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
You discipline me gently when I stray.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
And despite my foes, you continue to care for me alway.
 
thou anointest my head with oil;
You pour your love over me;
my cup runneth over.
And my blessings are more bountiful than water in the sea.
 
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
My wounds will heal and my guide will stay by my side:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Safely in the arms of the Lord I will always abide.

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