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Feasting Without Fear

 

Ps 23 is one of the more oft quoted. In it, King David speaks of God being our attending Shepherd. Verses 1-4 tell of the provision of His sustenance, security, direction, protection and discipline. The latter part of verse 5 informs of the Lord’s willingness to anoint those He loves, and to give the same, a bottomless cup of His joy. Lastly, verse 6 speaks of the Lord’s goodness and of David’s desire to repay God’s shepherding with a commitment to abide in His presence.

The first part of verse 5 however is interesting. It details the Father’s care as shown in His unwillingness to extract us from the presence of our enemies— and, His abundant provision found therein. David said, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…” Huh… I guess that means that when we encounter the presence of the enemy, we must remember our Shepherd’s care, stay calm, look for the banquet often gone unnoticed because of fear, and get ready to dine on the sumptuousness of God’s provision as we watch Him defeat our foes. Live right, live well…

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Can You Dig It?

 

Gen 26 details Isaac’s efforts to establish himself in the Land of Promise. To do so meant he had reclaim the water wells his father Abraham dug and for which his dad paid. However, every time he rediscovered one, the Philistines would claim it as their own. Vigilant, Isaac keeps digging until he unearths one for which the Philistines don’t contend. Satisfied, he says in verse 22, “…At last theLORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.” That same night, verse 24 says the Lord appeared to reminding him of his future saying, “…I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you, and multiply your descendants, for the sake of My servant Abraham.”

When we make the effort to excavate the wells of our fathers, there will always be opposition. Yet, the labor which nets us our refreshing heritage may unearth more than just water. Like Isaac, God might draw from our past to remind us of our future. So, dig right, did well…

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