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The Twenty Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd: I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green Pastures, he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake,

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Meditation Thoughts on the Twenty Third Psalm.

The Twenty-third Psalm is one of the most powerful pieces of writing in existence, and it can do marvelous things for any person. Charles Allen, author of 'God's Psychiatry' says that he has suggested this psalm to many people and, in every instance in which he know of it being tried, it has produced results. He says that this psalm can change your life very quickly.

Allen suggests that you read this psalm 5 time a day for one week. Read it the first thing when you wake up in the morning. Read it carefully, meditatively, and prayerfully. Read it again immediately after breakfast. Do exactly the same thing, immediately after lunch, again after dinner, and, finally, the last thing before you go to bed.

Don't just go through the motions and chant it quickly. Instead, think about each phrase, giving your mind-time to soak up as much of their meaning as possible. At the end of just one week, things would be different, he says.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "A man is what he thinks about all day long." Norman Vincent Peale says, "Change your thoughts and you change your world." The Bible says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).

The Twenty-third Psalm is a pattern of thinking, and. when the mind becomes saturated with it, a new way of thinking and a new life results.

Twenty-third psalm represents a positive, hopeful, faith approach to life. It is believed to have been written by David, who had a black chapter of sin and failure in his life. But David chose not to dwell on his past mistakes. He chose to look forward.

      Allen talked about a story about an old man and a young man on the same platform before a vast audience of people.

      A special program was being presented. As a part of the program each was to repeat from memory the words of the Twenty-third Psalm.

      The young man, trained in the best speech technique and drama, gave, in the language of the ancient silver-tongued orator, the, words of the Psalm.

      "The Lord is my shepherd ..." When he finished, the audience clapped their hands and cheered, asking him for an encore so that they might hear again his wonderful voice.

      Then the old gentleman, leaning heavily on his cane, stepped to the front of the same platform, and in a feeble, shaking voice, repeated the same words-"Lord is my shepherd. . ."

      But when he was seated -no sound came from the listeners. Folks seemed to pray. In the silence the young man stood to make the following statement:

      "Friends," he said, "I wish to make an explanation. You asked me to come back and repeat the Psalm, but you remained silent when my friend here was seated. The difference? I shall tell you. I know the Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd"

Psalm of David has sung its way across the barriers of time, race, and language. For twenty-five centuries it has been treasured in the hearts of people. Today it is more beloved than ever before. Why? Because it tells that above all the strife and fears, the hungers and weaknesses of mankind, there is a Shepherd.

A Shepherd who knows his sheep one by one, who is abundantly able to provide, who guides and protects and at the close of the day opens the door to the sheepfold-the house not made with hands.

The Twenty-third Psalm gives men the assurance that we are not "alone". That is why it lives in the hearts of men, regardless of race or creed.

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