DWELL FOREVER

Psalm 23 (NKJV)

1The Lord is my shepherd;I shall not want.

2He makes me to lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside the still waters.

3He restores my soul;He leads me in the paths of righteousnessFor His name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil;For You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;You anoint my head with oil;My cup runs over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow meAll the days of my life;And I will dwell in the house of the LordForever.

Joe Budden- "Now I Lay"

**This poem was inspired by Joe Budden's "Now I Lay"

DWELL FOREVER



*Peace! That's beyond my understanding:

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I've lost everything 3 times
To one turn of pitch and toss
But if it might encourage one,
I'll breathe these words about my loss.....



I cut my teeth in Zeeland, I broke my head at Tulip City
Right next to the runway, save it- I don't want your pity

Relearned to talk, learned to walk, learned to stamp an envelope

Learned to pray, trusted God- Faith that's militant, not Hope



The Devil came to threaten me, I still see him in my dreams

I still feel his freezing touch, I still hear his awful screams
He was allowed to take my health- my wealth/ my peace/ my job

The only way that I can fathom this: I'm being tested just like Job




The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall never need

He wraps His arms around me when I need security

He leads my battered body to the pure and gentle streams

Fear replaced by Heaven's dreams



I stand against the Evil One in the Valley of the Shadow
Yet Death I'll never fear- the strength of Grace is all I know
My Lord anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows
We're belly-laughing at my Foe


The Good Shepherd's Grace, and Love will follow me,

He Blesses me Eternally

I will Dwell in the Bliss with God…

….FOREVER!!!




God have mercy! It's been a decade plus

All I know is this battle in the Valley of the Shadow

But truly I am wearing down from 13 years

Of knowing only Pain- Blood/ Fears/ and Tears



Really that’s not truly true

I’ve heard God say “I’M WITHIN YOU”

So I'll perseve today, looking forward to tomorrow

Seeking out the Joy in life, growing strong through Sorrow



So those of you who feelin’ me

Those of you who know
It only hurts when God is healing ya’

Our pain is how we grow



Me, I am a warrior-The Devil’s taken my peace

I just live my life so that, Christ be magnified through me

What’s this Joy you're talkin’ bout?, all I know is my pain

But I trust that God’s Anointing me, my loss will be my gain




The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall never need

He wraps His arms around me when I need security

He leads my battered body to the pure and gentle streams

Fear replaced by Heaven's dreams



I stand against the Evil One in the Valley of the Shadow
Yet Death I'll never fear- the strength of Grace is all I know
My Lord anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows
We're belly-laughing at my Foe


The Good Shepherd's Grace, and Love will follow me,

He Blesses me Eternally

I will Dwell in the Bliss with God…

….FOREVER!!!




I’m already stronger than Hell

But I guess I need to still be stronger

While everyone must face their flame

I guess I need to face mine longer



I know that I’m created to do the greatest of things,

I guess that I’m in training to be the greatest of kings
But I’m so far from King now, this feels like a hollow boast
I guess that God is training me, for how to grow His Kingdom most



Each time I close my eyes, those evil hooves are still descending
It's curious that I'm not healed by how my prayers are still ascending
One hand on the Word of God, that's what it takes to get some rest
Dwelling on what I still have, that's what it takes to I know I'm Blessed



To survive this war with Hell-

I get sustenance from Heaven

So I can say with certainty-

That I will Dwell in Bliss, with God

FOR ETERNITY!!!




The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall never need

He wraps His arms around me when I need security

He leads my battered body to the pure and gentle streams

Fear replaced by Heaven's dreams



I stand against the Evil One in the Valley of the Shadow
Yet Death I'll never fear- the strength of Grace is all I know
My Lord anoints my head with oil and my cup overflows
We're belly-laughing at my Foe



The Good Shepherd's Grace and Love will follow me,

He Blesses me Eternally

I will Dwell in the Bliss with God…

….FOREVER!!!

….FOREVER!!!

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