The 23rd Psalm poignantly expresses the author’s experience of knowing God. When you read this Psalm, does it describe YOUR relationship with God?

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 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 anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
(‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬)

The author describes what he has EXPERIENCED in the goodness of God’s presence–peace, love, guidance, provision, wisdom and strength in all circumstances.

When we experience God, we KNOW we don’t EVER want to be without Him. Our sin is what separates us from Him. Jesus never sinned. Jesus took our sin, and as He did, His Father turned His face away. It was the only time recorded in the crucifixion when Jesus cried out in pain! It wasn’t the horrendous torture, beatings, or nails in His hands and feet that caused Him to cry out. He cried only when our sin separated Him from His Father.

What a powerful perspective.

Do we cry out in pain over our sin separating us from God’s presence, or are we more apt to cry about a lost job or health crises? When we begin to know God, His presence draws us in and we don’t want to choose anything that separates us from Him. Is this prayer, our prayer? “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalms‬ ‭63:1‬) It is–when we realize that God is more necessary to us than life itself!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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