This morning I read Psalm 23 from the Passion Translation. It is so beautiful. At the end I personalized it into declarations.
The Lord 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, the quiet brook of bliss. That’s where he restores and revives my life.
He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to his name.
Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. 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 of your Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and 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!
This Psalm Personalized
The Lord is my best friend, the one who takes care of me, heals me, and feeds me. That is why I always have more than enough.
He has offered me a resting pace in His luxurious love and that is where I am learning to abide and stay.
As I listen and follow Him He leads me daily to an oasis of peace and the quiet brook of bliss. THIS IS WHERE HE RESTORES AND REVIVES MY LIFE.
He opens before me the pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along – so that I can bring honor to His name. If I go His speed and follow Him daily, and continue to abide in Him, learning to carry His presence, my life will bring Him all of the honor He could every want of me.
Even when the path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness (not talking about personal attacks against my family and things or me), fear will never conquer me. He always remains close to me and lead me. The comfort of His love takes away every fear, and I am never lonely. His authority is my strength and peace. The ONE who created the entire universe is the ONE who is with me, on my side, always with me to help me.
The Lord is my delicious feast, even when the enemy dares to fight.
My life is anointed with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit. He gives me all I can drink of Himself until my heart overflows. This is the presence I carry and changes and transforms the atmosphere around me.
Why would I fear the future? His goodness and love pursue me all of my days, and I will live in His presence forever.