February 23rd – Psalm 23 – Second Friday of Lent

Due to the beauty of it, I’ve decided to use the King James version of Psalm 23 for this Friday’s application.

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

I’ve found many versions of this verse.  Some say, “be in want.”  In my life, I take it to mean that He is there, whether I want Him to be there or not, it doesn’t matter.  He is there, ever present, watching my struggles.

Not being in want is a dream, an ideal.  I want for a lot of things.  Mainly, I want and desire for my body to be a little better than what it currently is.  However, I’m trying to make good use with what I have.  Although, it involves a lot of automation, I’m finding that I am increasing my abilities with the help of electricity and computers.

The Word is what I want most.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Lying down in green pastures is a powerful statement for me. Prior to my collapse, the meaning was something for the future, for me on my death-bed.

During my collapse, as I have written before, I was suspended in white light.  I was shown a world without Him.  Then He showed me warmth and the Word was my guide.  He gave me the green pastures to lie in and all was calm.  I shall never forget the experience, though words still fail me when I try to explain fully.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

In my “Journey,” my soul has been restored.  I understand that the good I attempt to do must, incontrovertibly, be in His name and following His directions. I cannot do what I do in my name, but His.  My power and ability is credited to Him, alone.  I am but a vessel, a media, a pathway for His word.

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.

I have been there.  Next time I collapse, I don’t think I will be terrified.  I know that He is there, always.  He will provide me the power to do His will.  I don’t mean to sound morbid, but I have accepted that my time could be severely limited.  We are still walking in the valley in darkness, unknowing where our exit will be.  My anxiety over this fact is lowering.  It is still there, but, lessening.

His rod and staff are both to defend me and also to correct me.  Just as the rod and staff are used as prods to keep me on the path, when times get tough, and I’m up for a fight, He will be there, fighting by my side, doing battle with the darkness.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Once my “Journey” comes to an end, there will be a victory celebration.  My forehead will be oiled as a champion and I will have all that I need for the next “Journey” I take.

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.

Should I stay the path, the people around me shall show me the beauty and mercy of the world around me.  There are many people that do this for me now.  I consider them true gifts from the Lord.  As much as I rely on Internet communications to get things done, It is they, the real, in person people, that are my comfort, my mercy and my goodness in this world.

Conclusion:
Psalm 23 is heavy on the idea of death and destruction.  However, in my “Journey,” I found that I could not begin to live until I accepted the ultimate end.  Now, my happiness is increasing, regardless of my physical abilities or pain level.

I am thankful for every morning I rise.  I look forward to visits of my friends.  I have been blessed by having people that understand that I may only be able to visit for an hour or two, but they come anyway and share their Love.

People are amazing creatures.  The compassion I have been given is overflowing my cup.

Thanks, and God Bless,

Jay C. “Jazzy_J” Theriot