Open Heaven 12th September 2020 Devotional by Pastor E.A Adeboye
TOPIC: IS HE YOUR SHEPHERD
MEMORISE: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalms 23:1
READ: Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)
1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4. 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 thy staff they comfort me.
5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6. 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.
TODAY’S MESSAGE: Open Heaven 12th September 2020 Devotional
Psalms 23 is one of my favourite Scriptures because it shows clearly our (the sheep) total dependence on God (our Shepherd) as well as His capacity and willingness to provide for our needs.
In this Psalm, God provides sleep for His sheep – “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.” Thus when I am tired, He gives me rest – not just anywhere, but in green pastures. A sheep lying in green pastures has so much food that he sleeps in it. That is extreme abundance.
“He leadeth me beside the still waters”, so I can drink to my satisfaction. “He restoreth my soul” means I will never be depressed because my soul is refreshed always. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness” assures me of divine guidance.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” tells me His presence will be with me so much so that I can bring down any mountain. “Thy rod” means correction – He can reprove me when I err; what love! “…and thy staff, they comfort me” means even in my low moments, I will never lack comfort.
“Thou preparedst a table before me” is divine catering. Is there ever a better caterer than the Almighty? “In the presence of my enemies” shows security, real security! “Thou anointest my head with oil…” When God Himself pours oil on your head, nothing can be impossible for you.
“My cup runneth over” refers to overflowing blessings.“Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me…” not for a week or a year, but “All the days of my life…” Isn’t that wonderful? Everywhere I go, goodness and mercy will be my escorts. Then it says I have somewhere to dwell – “in the house of the Lord, forever and ever!” Amen.
God has provided everything: He is a great provider! However, these benefits are only for the sheep. Are you one? Do you obey Gods every instruction, follow His path, know His voice? If you are yet to come into the family of God, it is high time you gave your life to Christ, so He can become your Shepherd.
KEY POINT: God has made every provision available in Christ; you just have to tap into it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Joel 1-3
HYMNAL: Hymn 21 – Now Thank We All Our God
1. Now thank we all our God,
With hearts, and hands and voices;
Who wondrous things hath done,
In Whom His world rejoices;
Who, from our mother’s arms,
Hath bless’d us on our way
With countless gifts to love
And still is ours to-day.
2. O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever-joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us,
And keep us in His grace
And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.
3. All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son, and Him who reigns
With them in the highest heaven
The One, Eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.
Thank you for reading Today’s Open Heaven 12th September 2020 Devotional – Is He Your Shepherd by Pastor E.A Adeboye