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Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd

Updated on March 17, 2013

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Psalm 23:1-3 NIV


Not so easy to realize at times. For today, think eternally. In that sense, when you have the inheritance of life eternal, you lack not a thing. Sure would be nice to have my house and vehicles paid off and enough cash to retire. Funny thing, if I had adhered to God’s guidelines going way back, I probably would. He had it all mapped out for me even thousands of years before I was born. All I had to do was recognize and listen. If that recognition had occurred when I reached the age of intellectual capability and accountability, things would likely be different. But, despite my willing and conscious refusal for a time, He had to adjust the plan and implement a quite amazing restructuring/rehabilitation effort. Which was quite easy for Him, although there was a time when I could not conceive it possible. But He lined up the cards and a second chance was put in place. Had to scrape and claw in order to get back to where I would have been much earlier, lots of work left to do. New hope, however, came into the picture and serves as a driver of forward progress.


Not without the reminder of consequences. Banged and dented up, but I’m in the game. I would say about the 8th round or so, with my opponent on the ropes some of the time. Gets tiring, but He refreshes my soul. Old hopes and dreams have been replaced by new ones, and I have a God who can be depended upon. And He wants that, my complete dependence; a daily prayerful request that He put and keep me on the right path, His. He is called a shepherd above, rightly put. The sheep need their shepherd, as they do not have the wisdom or intellect to protect themselves. Not down here in this place, where statistical probability alone would put us all in a crapshoot against poor odds. Random statistics, however, do not govern our fate if this God is truly who He says He is.


So another week is about to begin. I will ask that He energize and revitalize me to go out and make it a good one.


I hope you and I both have a good one.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      and you as well.

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      I figured as much. Nice to meet you.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      that's what a degree in theology and biblical literature will do for you. I have that to thank for my atheism.

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Valid points, you are well studied. No desire here to try and demonstrate I am any match for you. Hope you have a great week.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      not at all. Proof would neither negate free will or the need for faith. You can know for absolute certain that god exists and still not worship him. Lucifer did, according to your tradition. It would not wipe out the need for faith either - knowing that a god exist is not the same as knowing that he intends to keep his promises in regards to eternal life. Abraham spoke with god. He visited with god. He still had to have faith that god would live up to his word, did he not?

      1 Peter 3:15:

      Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

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      lucabrasi 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      No Sir, I have no proof, and respect your opinion; which, by the way, is shared by many. Absolute proof would render faith irrelevant. Not looking for a fight or debate, and understand that publishing will invite some push back.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      can you substantiate that with any kind of proof whatsoever? What makes you think you need a "savior" and what do you propose you are being saved from? How can you equate a god sending himself to earth to sacrifice himself back to himself in order to appease himself for rules that he created constitute a) a sacrifice and b) the absolution of sins at all?

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      Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

      JM misses the point. A good shepherd would not lead his sheep off the cliff, and neither will Jesus. When we ignore the leading of our Saviour, we are in danger of finding the cliff by ourselves.

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      Julie McFarland 4 years ago from The US of A, but I'm Open to Suggestions

      sheep are probably the most stupid creatures alive. It's true that if one jumps off a cliff, the rest of the herd will follow. You're accepting and promoting the idea of being sheeple is not only depressing, it's absurd.