Dear journal. How you been? I hope you been fine because I had the most afflicted day this wednesday. It started in the morning. I couldn't put anything together for anything. And just the bad luck that everyone was making demands out of me. Mole hills became mountains. At lunch time I just lay my head low and prayed with fasting. I slept most of the afternoon and I just sat there in the sofa. No. Television. No ipod. No internet. No bible. Nothing. Sometimes depression can resmemble crossing the valley of the shadow of death. But now we're back and we turn our bibles to Psalm 23 to find comfort in it. ["... 1Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, thou 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. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever...] There are six basic things this psalm assured us and take comfort in. First of all number one, the Lord is our supreme caretaker and we can have peace that we will not be in want of things. Or at least the basic necesities of life that do us good. Second the Lord brings us peace and leads into the good things of his word and understanding. He gives us insight and wisdom to undertand his priciples that bring about a peaceful life. Thirdly, the Lord brings us comfort and solace to our troubled souls and directs our paths so we can avoid making the same mistake. God is the God of all comfort and he can calm our fears and set on the right mind and road again. Fourthly, sometimes we have to walk to very periless situation of trouble and nether gloom and dispair. A loss of a love one. Loss of job or occupation or a serious illness can take away our peace and that when we have to fast and come to the Lord for extra deliverance. Fifthly, the Lord is able to bless our heart, soul and mind, even when we are in the world of unbelievers. God is the God of all spirits and truly knows how to control any situation. He even makes our enemies be at peace with us when we do what pleases him. And lastly, number six, the Lord assured us that he is out to do us good and that that goodness will follow us all our lives and dwell with him in the next life for eternity. Yes we have trials, but God is able to deliver us from all of them. So in summary the psalm 23 is truly a first aid kit for every emergency and reminder of what God has in store for us and how he can be trusted to take care of us in this life and into the next. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
Amen -- Sometimes we just need those totally quiet times with the Lord allowing him to remind us He has it all in control even when it seems it's not. He is our strength, our comforter, our peace and our Joy and in Him we find refuge and renewal.
Thank you brother 'bubba' and 'poodle' for you kind fellowship in this blog subject. I'm happy to tell you that I'm feeling better 'the O' clunker has a new head of steam again...!' The Lord delivered me from my predicament. My confidence in him which is my treasure is back and I leap for joy and rejoicing. But then I fear what can befall a person. I treasure you prayer and fellowship so much! Thank you for you kind comments, amens and kudos. I hope you too are happy and delivered in time of need. May you be blessed. Amen.