22 Feb Psalm 23 -Sevenfold Promises for Each Day of the Week
Sevenfold Promises for Each Day of the Week
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The Book of Psalms is a Book of Prayer. The Psalms provide a wide range of thought, emotion, and circumstance in the span of the believer’s life experience. Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved Psalms written by David, a shepherd. This Psalm is unique, in that, it is a Psalm of “Declaration”. It is written by a shepherd who is describing how a sheep see’s the shepherd. Of course, this Psalm is a prophetic picture of Jesus the Divine Shepherd. It contains insight into who the Shepherd is and what the Shepherd does.
Today as we pray into Psalm 23 we must activate its promises by declaring each decree before the throne with boldness and confidence. Consider:
Job 22: 27-28 NKJV
You will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows.
You will also declare a thing,
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
By declaring this Psalm we are calling from heaven to earth the full scope of who Jesus was, is, and is to come:
- Who Jesus was – The Good Shepherd = Jesus’ Earthly Ministry (Jn. 10:11) “I lay My life for the sheep.”
- Who Jesus is – The Great Shepherd = Jesus’ Resurrection Ministry (Heb. 13:20-21) “You brought again from the dead…”
- Who Jesus will be – The Chief Shepherd = Jesus’ Heavenly Ministry (1 Pet. 5:2-4) “You shall receive a crown that does not fade.”
There are 23 possessive pronouns and rights of claim in Psalm 23, therefore we need to make the sevenfold promises ours to own every day of the week. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. (Ps. 95:7)
- The LORD will provide for me: (Sunday)
Vs. 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
- Greater revelation of who our Good Shepherd is.
- I am the Good Shepherd, I know My sheep. (Jn. 10:14)
- The Good Shepherd give His life for His sheep. (Jn. 10:11)
- Jesus leaves the 99 to find the 1 lost sheep. (Lk. 15:3-7)
- God to give the churches shepherds after His own heart.
- I will give you pastors according to My own heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. (Jer. 3:15)
- To understand the heart of the Shepherd.
- We are His people of His pasture. (Ps. 100:3)
- He will feed His flock like a shepherd. (Is. 40:11)
- Under-shepherds who will re-present the heart of the Good Shepherd. (Jn. 10:11, 14)
- I have compassion on the multitudes. For they are like sheep without a shepherd. (Mt. 9:36)
- The sheep are scattered, because there is no shepherd. (Zech. 10:2)
- Divine hedge of protection around God’s appointed shepherds.
- The sheep are troubled because there was no shepherd. (Zech. 10:2)
- Smite the shepherd, and scatter the sheep. (Zech. 13:7)
- Understand that under-shepherds show their love for Jesus by feeding the sheep.
- Peter, do you love Me? Feed my lambs. (Jn. 21:17)
- To know that we have Him as our Shepherd therefore we shall not lack anything we need.
- My God shall supply all my needs… (Phil. 4:19)
Jehovah-Rohi – “The LORD is my Shepherd.”
- The LORD will give me rest: (Monday)
Vs. 2-3 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
- Establishing that the just shall live by faith. (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 2:11-13; 3:20-26)
- For God’s people to be led by the Spirit of God, not driven by stress, worries, or cares.
- For God’s people to fully understand why God gave us the Sabbath.
- For God’s people to learn the secret of contentment. (Phil. 4:11-13)
- For God’s people to learn the secret of the easy yoke. (Mt. 11:28-30)
- The revelation that no good thing is withheld to those who walk uprightly. (Ps. 84:11-12)
Jehovah-Tsidkenu – “The LORD is my Righteousness.”
- The LORD will keep me: (Tuesday)
Vs. 4a Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou are with me.
- To understand that our sanctification comes from above, but is walked out in faith and obedience. (Phil. 2:12-13)
- God’s people to focus on the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Heb. 12:1-2)
- God’s people to hope in the fact that Jesus will finish the work He started. (Phil. 1:6)
- Revelation of God’s abiding presence. (Ps. 46:1) “Very-present help in troubled times.”
- God is with us no matter where we go. (Psalm 139)
- Jesus has defeated death, hell, and the grave. (1 Cor. 14: 25-26; 55-58)
- To understand we have been sanctified for a higher purpose. (1 Pet. 2:9; Phil. 4: 13-14)
Jehovah- M’KADDESH – “The LORD will Establish me.”
- The LORD will guide me: (Wednesday)
Vs. 4b thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- God’s people to be led by peace not overcome by fear and circumstances. (Rom. 8:14-16)
- God’s people to be willing to be led as sons and daughter. (Rom. 8:14-16; Gal. 4:5-7)
- God’s people to learn to allow the peace of God to guide them. (Phil. 4:6-7; Is. 26:3)
- God’s people to be guided by the Word of the LORD. (Ps. 119:11, 33-35, 105, 133, 165; 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 4:12)
- God’s people to understand that those whom the Lord loves He corrects. (Heb. 12:5-15; Pro. 3:11-12; 6:23; Rev. 3:19)
- God’s people to be secure in knowing His hedge of protection as He sends us out as “sheep among wolves”. (Mt. 10:16; Ps. 3:3; 91:1-2; Job. 1:10; Ps. 34:7; 109: 13; 121:5-8)
- God’s comfort to be known so we can comfort others. (2 Cor. 1:3-4; Heb. 12:12-13)
Jehovah-Shalom – “The LORD is my Peace.”
- The LORD will protect me: (Thursday)
Vs. 5a Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
- We wrestle not against flesh and blood. (Eph. 6:10-12)
- Put on the full armor of God. (Eph. 6:12-18)
- No weapon formed against us shall prosper. (Is. 54:17)
- Weapons of our warfare not carnal, casting down imaginations/thought. (2 Cor. 10:3-6)
- Overcome by the blood, testimony, and living sacrifices. (Rev. 12:10-11)
- Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. (Mt. 7:5)
- If God be for us? (Rom. 8:31-39)
Jehovah-Nissi – “The LORD is my Banner in battle.”
- The LORD will heal and fill me: (Friday)
Vs. 5b Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
- God’s people to access the healing provided to them in covenant. (Is. 53:5; Ps. 103:1-3; Mal. 4:2)
- God’s people to speak the healing Word. (Prov. 20:20-21; Mk. 11: 22-24; Rom. 4:17, 21)
- God’s people to walk in divine healing and health. (Ps. 103: 1-4; 3 Jn. 2; Ps. 91)
- God’s people to experience the mighty baptism of the Holy Spirit and be endued with power from on high. (Lk. 22:44; Acts. 1:8)
- God’s people to be anointed in the Holy Spirit and power. (Acts 10:38; 1 Cor. 2:1-5)
- God’s people to live in the continued overflow of the Spirit. (Jn. 7:37-28; Eph. 5:18: Gal. 5:16, 25)
- God’s people to activate the ministry of healings and laying on of hands for impartation. (Mk. 16:15-20)
Jehovah- Rapha – “The LORD is my Healer.”
- The LORD will pursue me always: (Saturday)
Vs. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
- God’s people to learn “it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.” (Rom. 2:4)
- God’s people to “taste and see the LORD is good.” (Ps. 34:8)
- God’s people to realize “God’s mercy triumphs over judgment.” (Jam. 2:13)
- God’s new creation each day for them “His mercies are new every morning.” (Lam. 3:23)
- God’s angels around us. (Ps. 34:7)
- God’s people to understand He will never leave nor forsake them. (Rom. 8:35-39; Heb. 13:5; Mt. 28:20; Ps. 46:1)
- “He is an ever-present help in time of need.” (Ps. 46:1)
- God’s people have a place called home secured and waiting for them. (Jn. 14:2)
Jehovah-Shammah – “The LORD is There.”