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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies – Psalm 23:5

Rejected applications, separation and/or divorce, those dissatisfied no matter what, sarcastic teens letting you know you are out of touch, a snub here, a lack of coöperation there, even downright hostility — hey, it’s a fact of life.

Even in the midst of God’s banquet-like blessing the Psalmist pointedly adds, “my enemies all around!

Why can’t we all get along?! There could be lots of reasons or no reason, it’s life. While the Bible doesn’t say why, it does says what to do about it.

Don’t pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble. As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone. Don’t take revenge, dear friends. Instead, let God’s anger take care of it. After all, Scripture says, “I alone have the right to take revenge. I will pay back, says the Lord.” — Romans 12:17-19 (God’s Word Translation)

  • Be as friendly as you can — work on your people skills
  • Don’t retaliate, turn those feelings over to God (he judges what’s right better than you)
  • Choose to not let it bother you, in fact, choose to happily move on with Christ ready to help even your enemies find the life changing power of Jesus


Related post: “The Most Misunderstood” – June 7, 2012

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A Million Flies

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

While there is an “Our” aspect of following Christ and though in the Bible the word for “Saint”  is always plural, there is a personal aspect that dare not be minimized.

He is not just “Our” shepherd but “Mine” and he leads me.  It is not wrong to be confident in that; the group is not always the safest place nor always faithful. My crusty old uncle used to say, “Eat garbage, a million flies can’t be wrong!”

There comes a time to walk through things alone but never truly alone, He is there to lead, protect and comfort.

Be individually true to him with an honest faith and clear conscience even if that means not feeling truly a part of many nice groups.

– fritz@langgang.com

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“The Lord is my shepherd … and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” – Psalm 23:1a, 6b

I want to link this to a dreary little Psalm, 88. That psalm has nothing positive to say and ends on the sad note of rejection and darkness.

Why link these psalms? Because there are times where there, simply, is nothing positive to say and pretending there is doesn’t help.

So, again, why link these psalms? Because, regardless of what we have or don’t have in this life, how we feel or are treated, those in Christ’s flock have a good home and a great future. “Forever” is a really long time.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

– fritz

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No Luck At All!

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” – Psalm 23:6a

Some have said “If I didn’t have bad luck I would have no luck at all!” but in Christ we are delivered from Luck.

The Bible says

“The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.” – Proverbs 3:33

Christ payed for our sins and makes us right with God.

God’s goodness and mercy chase after me, why would I ever again need luck?!

– fritz

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Imagery Shift.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – Psalm 23:5

The imagry shifts in Psalm 23 from a Shepherd and sheep to a banquet, with God as Host.

Life in Jesus is a banquet! He’s not talking about heaven where there will be no enemies, he means here and now!

Sure there are enemies, and difficulties, tragedies, and hurts but there is God’s grace and abundance also available to more than make up for it!

It’s like a bumper sticker I saw,

“The worse day fishing is better than the best day working”.

I like work, but the worst day in Christ is better than the best days without him.

– fritz

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Paradigm Shift

“Thou preparest a table before me” – Psalm 23:5a

The focus of Psalm 23 shifted, becoming no longer “He”, but “Thou”. It happened when speaking of God’s protection – Thy rod, Thy staff…” No longer is the speaker telling someone about God but is speaking directly to God.

Life in Christ is a one-on-one, “Thou and Me” experience, which can’t be explained to others.

As the refrain of C. Austin Miles’ 1913 hymn, In the Garden,1 says

And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
and he tells me I am his own;
and the joy we share as we tary there,
none other has ever known.

– fritz
1 – http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh314.sht

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“The LORD is my shepherd … I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:1a, 4b

We need protection from two (2) kinds of evil – evil done to us by others, and evil done to us by ourselves.

Evil we do to ourselves is, really, our biggest problem. If God gave us everything we asked for in prayer we would be in a terrible fix.

We take comfort knowing our shepherd is protecting us from others and ourselves – he is our defender, he has the way out when there is no other (and when there is).


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