God Caring for Us
Psalm 23 is one of the best pictures of how God cares for us.
I know this because I see it every day of my life.
God is my Father; my Papa, my Daddy. That's what "Abba" means. It is a term of endearment. This means I have a relationship with Him. I have a very intimate relationship with my Father in Heaven.
He is my Shepherd. He takes great care in watching over me. He knows every detail of my life and wants to be a part of it.
He quite often tells me to "chill"; to take a rest and refresh myself. But, unfortunately, I don't always do that; thus, I can get run down quickly. So, He calls me to come to Himself and get refreshed.
During a time of refreshment, well, it can be a time of healing within me. That's a beautiful thing! My soul can so become burdened with all that goes on. So I love being refreshed.
His Holy Spirit is my Guide. He leads me every day. Sometimes I don't listen, but I am learning that when I am aware, Holy Spirit will lead and guide me into Truth and sometimes to those that are hurting. He will never steer me into darkness because He is Light.
I have a Purpose. I am here for His name's sake. He created me to be the person I am and will be. My whole identity is in Him.
There were times in my life when I felt lost. Those were times of testing. Papa was always right there but silent. It was in those times that I needed to come into His presence. Somehow, those times drew me closer to Him.
In those times of trial and testing, I also sensed His Peace and felt no fear. His presence protected me.
Papa is always with me - always. His faithfulness never ends. Though I am not as faithful to Him as I would like, He is faithful.
There are times, like any child, I need to be disciplined. Papa's discipline, however, is gentle. Though He can be pretty stern, His gentle love towards me comforts me and makes me what to do better the next time.
I can walk into a situation that can be pretty "electric" with not-so-good energy, and I am at peace within myself. He gives hope of eternal love and protection. I don't have to worry. He will take care of what I cannot do.
He has set me apart as His child. He has given me an anointing to do and be who I am destined to be for Him. I don't have to be anyone other than myself.
I am so FULL! Papa keeps giving and giving and giving; I cannot, at times, take it all in. His love washes over me in abundance. He provides for me with more than I can ever repay Him.
My heart knows of His mercy and goodness. These blessings are with me all the time.
I know where I am. I know where I am going. I know whose I am. I know my identity is in God.
(The Passion Translation)
Yahweh is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace near the quiet
brook of bliss.
That's where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me the right path
and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness
so that I can bring honor to his name.
Even when your path takes me through
the valley of deepest darkness,
fear will never conquer me, for you already have!
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of your love takes away my fear.
I'll never be lonely, for you are near.
You become my delicious feast
even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance o your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days
of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I'll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!