As Thanksgiving Day approaches in the U.S., take some time to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving through Psalm 23
The Lord is my Shepherd –
Thank your Shepherd that He knows you by name and wants to communicate with you. Talk to Him about your intimate relationship with Him.
I shall lack nothing –
Thank your good Shepherd that He provides all your needs, beginning with redemption. Ask Him to carry all your worries, burdens, and cares.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside quiet waters –
Thank Jesus your Peace for His attention to the details of your life. Tell Him you want to see Him more clearly in your daily living. Let Him speak to you.
He restores my soul –
Because Jesus your Healer became man, He understands everything you have experienced. Thank your Healer for healing the hurts. Remember His times of restoration.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake –
Thank the Righteous One that you are accepted in Him and completely forgiven.Thank your Shepherd for His guidance of your life for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me –
Thank God who is always there for you. His presence with you dispels all fear. Your Shepherd is always there for you. Thank Him that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Thank God for His loving authority in your life to discipline and correct you and give you the security of loving limits. Thank Him that you can never mess up so bad that you fear punishment by Him.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies –
Thank your Banner for His presence with you dispels all fear. He is strength and protection against the enemy. Thank Him that Jesus lives victorious in you.
You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows.
Thank your Shepherd for His grace and favor that He gives you so generously. Thank Him that you can enjoy fellowship with Him.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Thank your Shepherd that you can continuously sense His presence because of His faithfulness. Worship Him with a song that speaks of His goodness and love with you that dispels all fear. He is eternal nearness and love.
Based on “Praying The Character Of Your Father From The 23rd Psalm,” Prayer Portions p. 245-246, © 1991, 1992, 1995 by Sylvia Gunter. Available at www.thefathersbusiness.com.
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