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Friday, October 13 2017

Almost everybody in the world, even those who don’t attend church, knows Psalm 23:1 which reads: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Other more modern versions of the Bible say it this way: “I shall not lack.” “I have what I need.” “I will never be in need.” “I have everything I need.” Some Christians make a big fuss about the inaccuracy of the modern bible versions claiming that the only correct one is the original, the King James Version, because it was the first one ever written. (1611) Actually, the first one written was the Reina Valera Bible in Spanish, written eight years prior. Sometimes, those who staunchly defend the KJV Bible go as far as calling all other versions “perversions” instead. I’m not going to comment further on this issue. For now, I’ll just say that if you know the Lord personally, you have found by personal experience that, as children of God, we lack nothing, we have what we need, and always will, and really have everything we need. Therefore, at least regarding Psalm 23:1, none of these modern versions are too far off. Regardless of which verse interpretation you preferred, you should know by now that you are in the best of care. An auto insurance company can claim that “you are in good hands” but if you are in Christ, you are in the best and strongest hands possible. Referring to His sheep, God’s children, Jesus once told his audience: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) So if you’re worried about something today; if your present situation has clouded your spiritual vision or dulled your memory, permit me to remind you that your Heavenly Father is always watching over you. He will not permit anything or anybody to shake you from His powerful, but loving, grip. The writer of Proverbs 18:10said: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” God’s children know Who to run to when they are in need or in trouble, but even when they don’t, I believe He will reach out and bring them back in where they will once again be safe and protected. Back to Psalm 23:1, a little girl in Sunday School recited it this way: “The Lord is my Shepherd, that’s all I want.” I don’t know about you, but this is now one of my favorite interpretations of that great verse.

God’s promise for today: (Psalm 34:15) “The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”

Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 10:50 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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