24 The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
The verb “bless” really needs no explanation. We are familiar with its definition. It invokes divine favor by God. In this verse, Aaron, the priest says this blessing over Israel. However, we must never forget who the author of the blessing is, God! God told Moses to tell Aaron what to say. But did you notice, not only will the Lord “bless” you but He will “keep” you.
So, here it is…
The LORD (Master and Owner of Heaven and Earth) bless you and keep you;
The Lord alone is the keeper.
In His keeping you, He is protecting you! Protecting you from the very things that may be a concern for you. He does not require us to keep ourselves (we’re sheep), but in All of His Power, His Wisdom and His Might, He’s watching over you. He’s so gracious!
For the Lord to make his face shine on you means-He accepts you, and turning His face toward you means-He looks upon you with favor. Like a luminous smile of a parent, His love and compassion is toward you.
Then… the ultimate-He gives you “peace!”
- Peace of mind
- Peace in your home
- Peace in your relationships
- Peace on your job
Wherever you need peace, He graciously provides.
Remember, the Lord is the Author of the blessing and He’s the Keeper. So you don’t have to worry be at peace…You’re TO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 Simplified:
King David wrote this Psalm when he was facing trouble. David was writing from the position of being a sheep. He was familiar with shepherding sheep.
The Lord is my Shepherd. This means I won’t experience any lack, nothing will be missing in my life. Because I see God as my King, my Friend the One whom I trust. He makes me sprawl out on green pastures, remember, I’m a sheep.
In Hebrew, the verse does not say shadow of death but the valley of dark shadow. Regardless, I have total and complete trust in God, I have nothing and no one to fear! His rod and His staff equally gives me comfort and correction to lean on. He will prepare a spread of blessings for me right in the presence of all my enemies. The cup He gives is satisfying-I no longer thirst after drinking from this cup. Nothing can ever shake me because-He will never forsake me. His grace and His mercy follows me everywhere I go. I will dwell in His house forever, and enjoy it like it’s my first time there! In awe, In honor, In love, In gratitude for my Shepherd.
“The food necessary for growth”
By Deborah V. Morgan
I’ve heard a lot sermons and biblical teachings over the 51 years of my life. Many have been inspiring and life changing. Some were boring and totally confusing. The presentations ranged from serious to down right amusing. Recently, my desire to learn and understand God’s Word in ways that are simple yet practical is now my greatest challenge.
Proverbs 4:7 (CJB) says, “The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom! And along with all your getting, get insight!”
Understanding and Awareness is what “NOURISHMENT” endeavors to share with anyone interested in getting food necessary for growth!
Once a month, a selection from the Bible will be posted to challenge you for Spiritual Growth!