The 23rd Psalm Speaks to us Today

Probably the most popular Psalm is the 23rd Psalm; a psalm of trust and confidence. This psalm obviously comes after Psalm 22 which reflects David’s anguish. There are many in anguish today! Besides those millions with evil intent, many have problems due to the idol worship of money, sex & fame in our culture, the governmental quest for power, the culture of materialism, and all the false leaders & teachers among us. There is only one way to find the correct path, though a narrow road it is, to find the peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

“The LORD is “my” shepherd”; He is your personal Savior who knows you before you were born. “He makes me lie down…He leads me besides still waters”; The LORD wishes you to rest and have peace, and will guide you there. “He leads in right paths”; the LORD will guide you to the destination that is good for you if you will just follow. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil”; In Matthew 10:16, Jesus sends us sheep out among wolves. “…in the presence of my enemies”; Matthew 7:15 tells us that false prophets come in sheep’s clothing (to fit in with the herd)…they are indeed among us now. “…my cup overflows.”; with Christ Jesus you will find overflowing grace, more mercy, more goodness, more care than you can possibly handle! Why not invite Jesus into your life, repent and find the only way to peace?  Oh, you will still have problems existing in this world, but you WILL have mercy and forgiveness, which will provide for you a waterfall of peace!

HANDS – How do you use yours?

Cain struck Able with his hands.

Joseph’s brothers used their hands to strip him and throw him into a well. Later, those same hands were held open to receive grain from Joseph when they were starving; and it was Joseph’s hands that embraced his brothers and gave them food to survive. Just look at what we do with our hands for good or for evil.

Jesus’ hands were perched for our transgressions. He was wounded & killed because of our sinfulness. His hands were spread out on that evil cross to bring us to Him and for our eternal salvation. Evil hands cheered for Barabbas. David’s hands wrote the note that killed Uriah. Governor Pilate washed his hands.

We see people recognizing Jesus only when He opens up His hands…a blessing at dinner after walking the Road to Emmaus, or in that locked Upper Room, etc. We see how He touched people and healed them, raised them up from the dead, etc. Jesus touched the soldier’s ear and restored it after it was cut off during Jesus’ arrest.

Now, juxtapose Jesus’ hands with our own…

What about our hands? Where have they been?

On a positive note, our hands have:
• Loved, embraced, gently soothed, and wiped away tears
• Lifted up the fallen, picked up heavy loads and supported the weak
• Built things, provided shelter and been physically constructive
• Our hands have removed threat and evil to bring peace to the innocent
• Supported the sick and hurting, created healing methods and been tender
• We have used our hands to raise up our families, to support & defend our children, to protect them, and provid food and shelter

But our hands have also:
• Stolen what doesn’t belong to us
• Hurt and hit and caused injury to others
• Been dirty (not constructively as in building things) and supported unclean sinful practices and things
• Our hands have been clinched in a tight fist and raised up to produced hate, anger, and damage on people
• Our hands have supported evil practices and evil people

Maybe we can actually say that we are known by our hands and what we do with them. I suggest we all get on our knees, open up our hands (palms up) and pray for mercy.