Comforted – Annointed – The House of the Lord – Psalm 23:4-6 – Truth in Scriptures

 I will dwell in the house of the Lord  forever.

Psalm 23:4b-6 Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Thy rod and thy staff  comfort me. . .

The rod and staff are what the shepherd used for balance, to support, to guard his steps as he walked.  It was used for guiding his sheep, for guarding the flock, and driving off enemies. We are to be reminded that we can take comfort as we see our Shepherd with his rod and staff—the very sight of them comforts us, as they show us He is there, ready and able to defend us in our every need. They impart confidence, showing that He will not leave us alone, and that He is always there equipped to defend us in all situations.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies . . .

You prepare a table before me, and it is spread in my presence, and set for me.  God is our host and He prepares a banquet for us even when it seems as if things are insecure around us. We are able to sit at the table of our King and feast, protected by His majesty as we partake of His goodness in perfect peace. We are able to sit at His table confidently, and though surrounded by enemies, we feast in perfect security provided by our Lord. He invites us to come and feast on His goodness and grace. His sufficiency supplies our every need, as He lays and spreads a table for us, His children.  We are partakers by His grace and invitation as He sets us down, and bids us to come sup and dine with Him.

What this is saying here is that it does not matter what our enemies think and/or do, they cannot interfere with our invitation from God Himself.  We sit at a table made by the hands of Almighty God. It is by His divine favor that we are invited to partake of the feast that is savored with His grace.

“I’ll take a side of Jesus with these biscuits please.”  :o)

You anoint my head with oil . . .

What this symbolizes is God pouring His Spirit upon us so abundantly that we are overwhelmed by it.  The expression here notate God in great abundance. In ancient Israel, it was the custom to anoint the head during festive occasions as an indication of prosperity, happiness, and rejoicing. This entire process indicates that we are in God’s divine favor as He prospers us, and fills us with His joy resulting from His redemptive grace.

My cup runs over . . .

We see here that His word is indicating that we can be the recipients in abundance of good and wonderful things from our Lord. Not lost in this passage is His gift to us of spiritual blessings. When we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, our cup always runs over. It is by the grace of our Lord that we receive these abundant gifts. He is the portion of our cup—it flows over as He supplies our every need, pressed down, shaken up and running over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life . . .

Grace, love, favor, and the salvation of God in Christ Jesus is with us always, and is always the same yesterday, today and forever. It is from everlasting to everlasting. These blessings flow from the goodness and mercy of God, and not from our own merit, or by anything of which we can boast. We are the recipients of His great mercy and loving kindness given freely to us. We must always be cognizant to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. We receive the love of God freely that He provides to us, His children. When we are down, broken, rebellious, undeserving, and even spiteful His grace is sufficient to supply all our needs.

All the days of my life encompasses it all. We need to be reminded that the mercies of God are new every morning, in the afternoon and all throughout the midnight hours. His goodness abides in us, and with us as long as our life lasts here on earth and continues in the world to come. Our being and existence begins and ends with His grace, blessings, and goodness. His blessings are forever, His gifts are forever, His mercy is forever, and His grace is forever. They are the gifts of God, which are without repentance.

I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever . . .

This here is indicative of our constant attendance, daily in the presence of God, both publicly and privately. We are a pillar in the house and temple of the Lord.  We are there by His grace.  We are built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ by His grace and we cannot be removed.  We are intertwined brick-by-brick.

Revelation 3:12 All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God–the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.

Our future rests with our Lord in a dwelling in the house not made with human hands, but eternal, in the most holy heavenly place. It is a home that we will share forever with Christ in which there are many mansions, pure holy dwellings, quiet resting places for us—His people—where we will spend all of eternity with Christ—basking in His glory, partaking of His grace.

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  1. “…We need to be reminded that the mercies of God are new every morning…”

    And it’s always morning somewhere at anytime of day. Thanks.

  2. WE ARE IN A HEAVENLY REALM SO STRONG THAT WE WALK WITH CONFIDENT KNOWNING THAT WHEREVER WE GO THE LORD IS WITH US. HE GUIDES US AND LOVES US. HE GIVES US A PURPOSE TO LIVE. TO LIVE IN HIM AND THE FATHER. WE HAVE LOVE, JOY PEACE, GRACE, MERCY, PEACE AND SALVATION IN THE ONES THAT LOVES US THE MOST FOR THEIR AND THETHEIR STAFF GIVE US THE ABILITY TO WALK IN THE PATH WE ARE GIVEN.

  3. There are many in the  world who desperately  need this message of hope. Thank you Darrell for sharing this message of hope. I shall follow your example, and spread it to our Christian Blessings readers tomorrow to bless their hearts too.  

  4. Amen. Thank you LORD JESUS for supplying in all our needs.
    Blessings Darrell to your and Gracie.

  5. Excellent thoughts here! Psalm 23 gives us a beautiful picture of peace in this turbulent world; thanks for sharing your views on it.
    Thanks also for your LIKE on my swallowinthewind.wp.com post. I’ll definitely be back to read more of your meditations.

  6. i like this post very much

  7. HERMENEUTICS

    Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation of the Scriptures. Isolating verses of Scripture to prove a point of doctrine is common practice, but is it a valid scientific approach to understanding God’s word?

    Let us examine this approach when dealing with the question, “WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?”

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation? No, it does not.

    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it include all the requirements for salvation?

    Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    Yes, that verse is true; but does include all the requirements for salvation?

    John 3:5 Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of of God.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but it does not explain the process to be born of water and the Spirit.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

    Is that verse true? Yes, we have the opportunity for salvation because of God’s grace, however, that verse does not say that we are saved by grace alone nor does it say we are saved by faith only.

    Romans 6:4-5 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in the newness of life. 5 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,

    Is that verse true? Yes, but baptism alone is not the only requirement in order to walk in newness of life.

    1 Peter 3:21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you—not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience—through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    Is it true that water baptism saves us? Yes, but that verse does not say baptism alone saves us.

    Acts 22:16 Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name!

    Is that verse true? Yes, but does it list all the requirements for salvation?

    Galatians 3:27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but only if faith precedes baptism.

    Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Is that verse true? Yes, but it does not mean that you can have your sins forgiven without having faith and confessing Jesus as Lord and Savior.

    Acts 16:30-31…”Sirs what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    Is that verse true? Yes, however, it does not state that men are saved by “faith only.”

    —————————————————————————-

    The Bible says we saved by grace. It does not state we are saved by grace alone.

    The Bible says we we are saved by believing in Jesus. It does not say we are saved by faith only.

    The Bible says we are saved by confessing Jesus as Lord and believing that God raised Him from the dead. It does not say that by confessing Him and believing in His resurrection alone that we will be saved.

    The Bible does says we must repent in order to have our sins forgiven. The Bible does not repentance alone saves us.

    The Bible teaches us that water baptism is for the forgiveness of sins and that it saves us. It does not say baptism alone saves us.

    WE ARE SAVED BY?

    We are saved by grace.
    We are saved by faith.
    We are saved by repentance.
    We are saved by confession.
    We are saved by water baptism.

    WHICH REQUIREMENT OF GOD’S PLAN FOR OUR SALVATION CAN WE ELIMINATE AND STILL BE SAVED?

    The jailer and his household believed and were baptized that very hour. (Acts 16:30-33) There was no law keeping nor good deeds required for them to be saved.

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