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Understanding The Psalms
A handbook for Spiritual Christian Growth

Book 1 (Psalms 1-41): How to Be Blessed by God (Downward Blessing)
Book 2 (Psalms 42-72): Learning To Trust God (Upward Trust)
Book 3 (Psalms 73-89): The Believer's Worldly Struggle (Outward Reality)
Book 4 (Psalms 90-106): Going to God for Protection (Inward Faith)
Book 5 (Psalms 107-150): Learning to Praise God (Pressing Onward)

"The Psalms" is a harmonious collection meant to be meditated upon and mastered in progresive order, to foster spiritual growth and understanding. Learned as a whole, greater truth emerges then if learned as separate units.

Book 1 teaches the Believer how to maximize blessings from God and how to remove those things which would cause God to oppose or hinder us.

Book 2 teaches us to thank God for his blessings in our lives and how to build our trust in him, knowing that He will help and sustain us in all things.

Book 3 takes our faith (reliance on God in all things developed from previous books) and pits it against the encroaching evil of the ungodly world system.

Book 4 shows the protection God has for the believer who trusts in him and how to take full advantage of his protection while living in an ungodly world.

Book 5 Having given us spiritual power for our own growth and defense, we are now taught how to go on the offensive by Praising God. When we learn to use the many tools and methods to boldly praise God, we can push back the evil of this world and save others, who can then also be blessed by God.

Feel free to share your observations of the Psalms!

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Psalm 23:1-6, “The Cup of Blessing From the Lord.”

A Psalm of David.

Introduction

God is Lord. God is concerned over our well being and will bless those people who trust in Him. A

full cup symbolizes the blessings of the Lord in the life of a Christian. Ephesians 1:3,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual

blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” God gives us spiritual blessings. These blessings are fruits 

from the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22 and 23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

longsuffering,  gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Verse 1 Our Good Shepherd

Psalm 23:1, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” In the Old Testament era the Lord God is the Good Shepherd.

The Lord Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” In the New Testament era, the Lord Jesus is our Good Shepherd.

The apostle Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; but not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 The Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, loves us and gave His life on the cross for our sins so we can escape the penalty of sin in hell and have eternal life in heaven.

Verse 2 Green pastures & Still Waters

Psalm 23:2, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.”

Green pastures and still waters are symbols of peace and contentment of the heart. The Lord Jesus can

give us rest in this world of unrest. The Lord Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in

me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome

the world.”

Verse 3 Paths of Righteousness

Psalm 23:3, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”

God is completely righteous. God is completely righteous in all of His ways. Psalm 119:137,

“Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.”

The ways of the world are not righteous. The hearts of men are deceitful, greedy, hateful, selfish, and

sinful. Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know

it?”

We need to seek the road of righteousness. The Lord Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of

God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.

The Bible leads us in the road of righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Reading the Bible can comfort, guide, and bless our hearts.

Verse 4 Comfort

Psalm 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou

                art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Death happens to all and this world is full of evil. The Christian has the hope of eternal life in heaven with the Lord Jesus. Philippians 1:21-23, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better.” The Lord Jesus gives comfort and guidance to the Christian during his life and at the moment of death. Psalms 48:14 “For this is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”

 

                The ‘rod’ and the ‘staff’ are used by the shepherd to guide and discipline the sheep. They represent the Bible. The Bible guides and disciplines the Christian. Psalms119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” So, the Christian does not fear death nor evil.

Verse 5 My Cup Runneth Over

Psalm 23:5, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies: thou anointest my

head with oil; my cup runneth over.” The ‘table’ represents the blessings of the LORD.

King David was righteous and loved the Lord. Before David was King and during the time that David

was King over Israel, he had enemies. For example, Before David became King, King Saul tried to kill

him. For seven years David lived in the wilderness while King Saul tried to kill him. While in the

wilderness the Lord blessed and lead David. 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in

Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” If we are like King David, are righteous, and love the Lord

Jesus, God will prepare a table in the presence of our enemies.

The blessings of God in the life of David caused David to say, thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” The ‘oil’ represents the Holy Spirit in the life of David. The Holy Spirit moved David in his life. The ‘cup’ represents the blessings in the life of David. A Chinese proverb says, To be beside oneself with happiness. To be overwhelmed with joy.” 俗語說「樂不可支」

Verse 6 Heaven

Psalm 23:6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in

the house of the LORD for ever.” God is good and God is merciful. Psalm 25:8, “Good and upright is

the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.” The house of the Lord is heaven. Right now

King David is in heaven in the presence of God and the Lord Jesus.

God will give the Christian goodness and mercy in our lives and the Christian will dwell with the Lord

Jesus in heaven forever.

Brethren,

Just a short devotion on Psalm 23. I do hope that it is a blessing and an encouragement to you.

Alan

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