Psalm 23:4-6a.. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6a Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
All people on this earth will face death, unless the rapture comes first. David said when that time came he would not fear because “You are with me”. Jesus will be with His disciples today when that time comes to provide comfort and peace as we receive dying grace.
“Your rod and Your staff” provided comfort as Pharaoh had Israel penned up between his army and the Red Sea. The Israelites were fearful. But the Lord said why are you fearful, Moses lifted his staff and the sea parted and the Israelites walked across on dry land. [ Exodus 14:14,26 ] Jesus victory on the cross has already provided a safe entrance into heaven. Disciples will be “absent from the body and present with the Lord”. [ 2 Corinthians 5:8 ]
The Lord prepared a table for the Israelites in the presence of enemies in the wilderness. There was manna for their food that sustained them for 40 years on the journey to the Promised Land. He will provide His disciples needs as we travel through this life to our home in heaven.
Americans are living longer and because of live style choices disciples live longer than average. Average age in 1937 for men was 58. At 80 I have a probability of 75% to reach 85. Click here for your life probability. Therefore, we are going to go through more mountain top and valley experiences in our longer lives. The question is do we make decisions in the peaks and valleys from a Cross-Centered or self-centered life? Click here for Cross-Centered living.
The Lord “anointed” David’s head with oil. Anointing denotes a time of joy [ Psalm 45:7 ]. By anointing David, the Lord welcomed him and provided for his comfort even in troubles. David acknowledged the Lord’s surpassing generosity —“my cup overflows”. David’s life was running over with the Lord’s gracious “goodness and lovingkindness” that would surely follow or pursue* him all the days of his life. [*Hebrew word definition includes this stronger word used in CSB]
The key to a happy life & death today is  for Jesus to be my Shepherd,  to abide in Jesus,  to know Triune God is present in every disciple,  to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ, and  to be full of the joy of Jesus.
Henry Luke 8/30/2017
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