The Shepherd’s Psalm

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Our text is a very famous text. It is one of the most powerful contributions to human literature. It was penned circa 1,020 BC, give or take a few decades. Our text is the well-known Psalm 23, popularly referred to as the Shepherd’s Psalm. It is the second in a trilogy of messianic psalms, sandwiched as it were between its precedent, Psalm 22, and its antecedent Psalm 24. In Psalm 22, we see the Good Shepherd giving his life for the sheep. In Psalm 23, we see the Great Shepherd tending his flock, and in Psalm 24, we see the Chief Shepherd rewarding his flock. And so we see the love, care and responsibilities of Jesus the Christ as the Shepherd of our souls in this evocative trilogy. But our narrow focus today is Psalm 23.

Now, the identity of the subject matter of Psalm 23 is not hidden. It is no doubt our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Lord who is our shepherd. What is interesting however, is that the psalm is not written from his perspective; rather it is written from the window level of human vista. And so we see God deflecting attention from himself to enumerate things from our perspective so that his word captures our frailties, feelings and fears – that it may come to pass that which was written, that “we do not have a high priest who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities.” (Hebrews 4:15). And to confirm the fact that this psalm is written from the perspective of man, the psalm has only six verses. The number “6” as you well know is the number of man. It is the number of imperfection and human weakness in Biblical numerology. Six is the number of labour, the number of struggles.

Our message will be simple, for it is the Spirit himself who impressed this message upon my heart; and this despite the many options of the esoterica of the infinite dimensions of the word I would have loved to share. For I am a man brimming with revelation of the arcane intricacies of the word of God.

It would mean therefore that God has located everyone of us in the ecclesiastical collective within the square dimensions of Psalm 23. That God has surmised that all of our situations and circumstances are locatable within the premises of the verses of this psalm. God wants to comfort his people, to make sense of their experiences and circumstances to them. God is going to answer many prayers this day. His Spirit will work deliverances.

And so what I sense is a kinder, gentler God, a God who wants to be intimate in his communication with us. The dimension of God we will experience this day is not the elemental display of his awesomeness in the terrifying splendor of smoke and fire like on Mount Sinai. Today, you will meet a caring and wonderful Father. God wants to whisper his love and compassion into your heart. The God who is present in our midst as you read wants to heal souls. He wants to bind up broken hearts, wipe away tears. Your God and my God wants to heal our relationships, heal our marriages. He wants to demonstrate his compassion and mercy for the sinner. The God that I preach to you is the One who forgives mistakes, wipes away tears.

Today, I have therefore not come to declare a condemnatory God. I have not come to proclaim a judgmental God. I have not come to preach the God of damnation. Rather, I have come to intone the comfort of the Holy Spirit into our hearts. This is a healing message. This is a deliverance message. It is a message for the hurting, the emotionally wounded, those dying on the inside. It is a message for those who are distressed and depressed; for those who are hurting deeply under the habiliments and toga we all wear – the habiliment of enforced gaiety in pursuit of fulfillment of the ephemeral norms of society and her conventions. There will be healing, the taking away of despair, the wiping away of tears.

May you feel God beside you today. May you feel his hand upon your shoulder, saying, My son, let’s talk it over. May you feel his hands upon your shoulder, saying, My daughter, I understand. I therefore adjure you to open your tenderised heart to God right now. To remove the false barriers and social armour. Those are not the shield of faith, or the breastplate of righteousness! They are the armour of fear – the fear of being hurt, the fear of being rejected, the fear of tomorrow, the fear of what to make of your life, the fear of lack, the fear of purposelessness… if you have experienced any of these passions, God is going to talk to you. If you’re crying in your heart, God wants you to know he can see your tears.

And so, I will read the Psalm 23 to you. Please join me if you can.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads 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 thy staff they comfort me. Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anoints my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.

Psalm 23 tells us there are six trials in the life of a man – six types of circumstances a man is exposed to. Whether you like it or not, at one point or the other, you WILL experience one or more of these six circumstances.

First Temptation: Lack

The first of the six human trials enumerated in Psalm 23 is lack. If you are a family man I’m sure you can relate to the feeling that comes when the house rent or school fees come around. Being a millionaire does not always insulate you from lack. You can be asset rich but cashflow poor. And as any businessman will tell you, cashflow is critical.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not lack, the Psalmist wrote. When a man makes that affirmation to himself he is contending with reality. That despite what his head tells him; that despite what his bank account says; that despite what the economic indices portend, he is insistent on his faith that he shall not lack. And by that statement, he is appealing to the resources of heaven, that God in his omnipotence would overwrite the laws of nature and make manifest that which is not manifest. Lack is the first temptation of man.

Second Temptation: Emotional tiredness

The second temptation of man enumerated in Psalm 23 is emotional tiredness. It’s why the Psalmist wrote, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside the still waters; he refreshes and restores my life.” This is the confession of a tired and weary soul, the cry of a battle-fatigued soldier of life.

When we have fought so many battles in life we become emotionally drained and weary. And battles can mount upon battles, trials upon trials. There are those seasons in life when it all seems to be battle upon battle; when the enemy seeks to overwhelm us with troubles. Some of us are battling spiritual forces – colonial forces attempting to take over our souls, to compel us to do that which is against our will. The determination, strength and the quotient of wickedness of the adversary determines the length and intensity of such battles.

And for some it’s an economic battle. And yet for others it’s a sociological, emotional and psychological battle – a rather difficult father, a terrible husband, a most uncaring mother, a depression inducing wife, an emotionally abusive husband, a physically abusive boyfriend, a condemnatory partner who converses in accusation, the controlling mother-in-law, a deviant daughter, a son hooked on drugs, a daughter pregnant out of wedlock, a son who subscribes to the new sociology of separation of gender from sexuality, a cultist son, the battling of rumours after a painful break up, a sexual predator of a boss, a profligate wife, an amorous husband who ends up with a child from another woman… These are the real issues we do not like to discuss, especially in the hallowed chambers of Church.

Christians are particularly adept at avoiding issues. We come to church with our load of problems, smile at each other and everyone, and yet we’re dying on the inside. We struggle with enormous loads of sin yet there’s no one to talk to. We are afraid of judgment and violation of confidentiality. We fear condemnation. I receive thousands of mails every year from young people, mails requesting for help and counsel. Last year alone I answered over 2,000 of such mails. Those mails are shorn of political correctness. There is no pretentiousness. They say it as it is. They talk about problems of abuse, problems in marriage, problems of addiction to sex, to masturbation… A nineteen year old wrote me just two weeks ago. As a very little girl the housemaid had turned her into a sexual implement. She was hardly three or four and the housemaid was having lesbian relationship with her. She didn’t know then, couldn’t have known. And now at nineteen, something has suddenly awakened in her, something she cannot control. She’s now addicted to sex and masturbation. I get a lot of these mails.

There are also mails from people about to commit suicide. I get several in a year. I got so many of these emails that we decided to hold a programme to help the emotionally afflicted, the psychologically distressed – the very people Psalm 23 envisages.

We threw out an invitation for those emotionally weary – for divorces and those going through marital trauma, those who have lost someone, for those with broken hearts. I had learnt that God does not discriminate the brokenhearted. We are the ones who do. The Messianic prophecy says Jesus will bind up the brokenhearted. It doesn’t matter how the heart gets broken – whether a girlfriend broke the heart, or a man left you at the altar, a broken heart is a broken heart. And Jesus binds up the brokenhearted. We need to rethink our philosophy of ministering to the emotionally wounded. We are hindered from ministering to the hurting because we tend to view things with our moral lens. Yet Jesus never used a moral lens to screen people who needed his help. Or none of us will be born again. From the woman caught in adultery, to the serial divorcee he met at the well in Samaria – the one living with her boyfriend, to the corrupt tax collector … Jesus ministered to all.

When we announced the programme we had hoped to attract about 20 people, but we were soon to get shocked. Applications to attend began to flood in. For effective ministration, we eventually pruned the number down to 120 of the most serious cases. It was one of the most traumatic experiences for my team and I. The staff of my company who had volunteered to help ran away from the hall. The psychotherapist I invited to observe wept and wept. The stories were so traumatic. My wife ran to the bathroom of the hotel and wept and wept and wept. The entire hall was weeping. The people wept so much we had to go buy extra boxes of tissue paper.

Now here’s the shocker: 99% of the people in that auditorium were Christians from very well known denominations and churches. And that tells me we are all pretenders playing a social game called church. We bring our wheelbarrow load of burden to church and transport them home in the boots of our cars. The man beside you may be hurting. The woman beside you may be grieving. The teenager you passed this morning may be contemplating suicide. And yet we carry on, unperturbed, playing church. It is time to get real with God. It is time to bring all to the feet of Jesus.

Third Temptation: Directionlessness

The third temptation of man enunciated in Psalm 23 is directionlessness. He leads me in the paths of righteousness, the psalmist declares. He wrote that because he needed the leading of the Lord for the geography of life. There are so many paths in this world but only God can lead us in the paths of righteousness.

I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced a sense of being lost… Like you don’t know what to do with your life, don’t know why you’re here… Life seems like a vast ocean and there you are on a crudely assembled raft, right in the midst of the ocean. Everywhere you turn all you see is a vast expanse of sky – endless sky and ocean. You have no idea where east is, or where west is, or the north or the south. It feels like being lost in the desert, with no one in sight. You feel all alone, and being alone is not an easy thing to deal with. It is a psychologically difficult experience that conjures palpable fear of an indeterminate nature. There is such a thing as emotional loneliness. When things don’t seem to be going as planned or as envisaged, this sense of directionlessness can become acute. When you don’t know what to do with your life you experience disorienting loneliness and fear. When you don’t know what you want, it can all be so frustrating. It seems you’re just existing, functioning without a sense of purpose.

If you’re in business, this sense of directionlessness can occur when you don’t know what to do any more, when nothing you know is working. Like the environment and the world changed overnight around you… Like life developed a new piece of generational technology whose mechanical understanding you’re not privy to. If you’re a single lady, you can feel this sense of alonement as you wait for a man to show up. And if you’re a man and you’ve been through marital trauma, you just want that one woman who gets you.

And so we can appreciate the sense of loss and disorientation Adam must have experienced before Eve came on the scene. He had no mandate, no soul mate, no companionship, not even an idea of who he was. This perhaps explains his diffidence to Eve on the issue of the forbidden fruit. She was his emotional salvation, the one who made the world palatable to him, who gave him a sense of orientation. Remember, Adam was not just the first man; he was also the first human. Being the first human can only make sense to you if there are other humans. There were no other humans. You’re not first if you’re the only one. You are just the only one. Being unique has consequences. And so you can appreciate what artistes and talented individuals go through… It can be very lonely being set apart. It is also this sense of loneliness pastors experience. Many malfunction as a result. It’s why you need to pray for your pastor because whether you like it or not, his life will affect your life. The anointing follows a pattern. It always starts from the head. Uniqueness has consequences. Extraordinary grace has extraordinary consequences. It’s important a wife knows how to ameliorate the sense of loneliness of her husband. Loneliness has driven many men into sin as they seek melioration of the alonement that comes from pursuit of achievement.

Some people experience this loneliness after the loss of a loved one. The life of a widow is not an easy one. Loss of a loved one is emotionally devastating. It’s why God volunteered to be the husband of the widow. We ought to be more compassionate towards those who suffer intimate losses.

When you feel lonely and disoriented, remember, God is your navigator and Google map. He will lead you in the paths of righteousness. There is a virtual path through life we cannot see. The spirit world is even more treacherous. There are so many false guides, so many misdirections out there. It’s why you need the Holy Spirit. He’s your helper and your guide. “He leads me in the paths of righteousness” not for my earning it, but “for his name’s sake.”

Fourth Temptation: Fear

The fourth temptation identified in Psalm 23 is fear. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, the Psalmist wrote.

We all experience fear, and we have all experienced fear one way or the other. But there is a depth of fear so frightening it is psychopathic and sadistic. Fear hath torment the Bible says. There is a class of fear that sends jolts of electricity through the brain. Fear can lead to clinical depression.
It is the most potent weapon of the enemy.

Fear manifests as anxiety. You’ve got to learn to take each day as it comes. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Fear is our imagination going into
overdrive, projecting fatalistic scenarios that are so realistic they’re palpable. And there are different types of fear – fear of humiliation, fear of shame, fear of abandonment, fear of loss of control, fear of being trapped… Satan has perfected fear into an intelligent system that can discriminate sexes, races and age groups, to deliver targeted doses of terror.

The fear of abandonment has often been used as torture chamber for women. It can make a woman endure untold hardship and oppression in a marriage. For men on the other hand, the fear of lack of money can create frightful scenarios. Some men have turned to beasts as a result. And there is the class of fears called phobias. Some are so ridiculous yet so real – automatonophobia for example is the fear of a ventriloquist’s dummy. Then there’s athazagoraophobia – the fear of being forgotten or ignored. There’s even bromidrosiphobia – the fear of body odour. Believe it or not there’s a complete alphabet of phobias. The Bible tells you to be careful for nothing. It tells you to consider the birds of the air. They neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father takes care of them. You are more valuable than sparrows.

But the biggest fear of all is the fear of death. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. Jesus partook of flesh and blood, that “by going through death He might bring to naught and make of no effect him who had the power of death – that is, the devil… That he might deliver and completely set free all those who through the haunting fear of death were held in bondage throughout the whole course of their lives.” (Hebrews 2:14, 15). God is on that plane with you. God is in that hospital with you. Though I walk through the deep sunless valley of the shadow of death, you are there right beside me.

Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace shall be yours…” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Do not fear! God has taken control of your tomorrow.

Fifth Temptation: Enemies

The fifth temptation identified in Psalm 23 is enemies. The Psalmist wrote, “He prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”

Now, here’s the mistake we make about the nature of evil. We erroneously believe if we don’t do evil to people, evil will not be attempted against us. And so we have a moralist conception of evil. But the very nature of evil is that evil is done against you precisely because you haven’t offended anybody! It’s why it’s called evil. Evil is irrational. There are those who will hate you just by looking at you. And if you are succeeding you will be the object of hatred. Indeed you can do good to people, help with the children’s school fees, pay house rent, award them contracts and they still hate you for it; they hate the fact that you’re in a position to help them. Believe it or not there are people who hate their pastor, yet are not shy to receive blessings through the same pastor every Sunday. The mistake we make is we teach our children our misbegotten moralist conception of evil; and this exposes them to forces and people they should not ordinarily be exposed to. The Bible says, “Be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion in fierce hunger, seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In other words, evil is predatory. It imagines the world as a zoological community. The aim of evil is annihilation and destruction. Never compromise with evil. Never find accommodation with evil. It’s going to turn around and rend you. That’s why it’s evil.

God’s word says you will have enemies. The very fact you’re asking God for blessings is the very basis of the instigation of evil feelings towards you. Envy is evil. Your desire to walk in the paths righteousness, the Bible says will provoke envy. Look at the Amplified rendering of Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly… but his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord.”
Look at Psalm 32:1 AMP: “Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is he who has forgiveness of his transgression continually exercised upon him, (whose sin is covered).” Blessedness provokes envy. And envy is so irrational a man with a billion dollars can envy the man with a million. When we compare our lives with others we fall into the trap of envy. The reality of the life of the Christian is that he will have to contend with evil all the days of his life. So says Psalm 23. There are things you will have to fight for, things you have to contend to get. The best man for the job doesn’t always get the job. The best candidate doesn’t always get the promotion. In other words, excellence and meritocracy are alien concepts in the world of evil. In fact, you can be punished for doing a good job! It’s called evil!

What people don’t realize is that evil has cosmopolitan taste. It doesn’t always don the gab of the native doctor as seen on Africa Magic. Evil wears dinner jacket, evil wears evening gown. And that’s understandable since God sets a dinner table before you in the presence of your enemies. So don’t be surprised if someone in your office who wears an expensive suit or beautiful dress turns out to be evil. Evil can be cosmopolitan. Their donning of a dinner jacket is the indicator God has set a table before you in the presence of your enemies.

We can therefore conclude from this passage that God delights in doing wonderful things for us with our haters in attendance. That it may be fulfilled that which is written on Lagos danfo buses: “Let my enemy live long that he may see what God shall do for me.” There’s nothing to fear. The Lord is your shield and your defense. You dwell in the secret place of the Most High. You abide under the shadow of the Almighty whose power no foe can withstand. The Lord is your refuge and your fortress. He WILL deliver you from the snare of the fowler. He WILL deliver you from the deadly pestilence. He WILL cover you with his pinions. Under his wings shall you trust. His truth and his faithfulness shall be your shield and your buckler. (Psalm 91:1-4). Fear not!

Never pray from a position of fear, always pray from a position of righteousness. Stand upon your righteousness in Christ. It’s your constitutional right. God will do what he wants to do for you irrespective of the prevalence of evil, irrespective of the malevolence of evil, irrespective of the presence of evil. Your cup will run over, not at the back of your enemies but in the presence of your enemies. God makes our enemies witnesses of grace.

Sixth Temptation: Insecurity

The sixth temptation highlighted in Psalm 23 is insecurity. The Psalmist wrote, “Surely, goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life.” He needed the security of God’s love. That love must not fail, he intoned. It must abide till death.

Sometimes in the natural, things don’t look too good. The indices point south and we’re barely surviving, barely coping. We feel so discouraged we’re tempted to give up. In such circumstances we must reach for the comfort and encouragement of the love of God. And that comfort is in his word. Your mind may not agree and may dispute the veracity of the word, but you must determine to believe God’s word. Your mind will do its own projection, painting alarming scenarios for your consideration and affirmation. You must shake off such thoughts and stubbornly insist on the word of God. For heaven and earth will pass away but that word will not pass away. It will accomplish that for which it was sent. The word of God is a force. Circumstances must bow to it. And all God is waiting for is your faith.

Sometimes our sin hinders us from accepting the reality of the love of God. We forget that the prodigal son was a son still and God remained his Father. If we prove faithless he remains faithful. You might have led a riotous life. Money might have gotten to your head. You might have chased strange women. You might have dined with pigs. But your father always has his arms open. All you need do is decide and say, Father I am coming home.

Our worth is not predicated on our intrinsic or moral value. Our worth is predicated on the economic value of the blood of Jesus Christ. That blood is priceless. The Bible says in Psalm 49:7, that all the money in the world cannot buy one soul. Yet the blood of Jesus has redeemed the souls of billions. His blood was the spiritual currency that bought salvation, healing and prosperity for us. All our sins, all our grievousness, our stubbornness, our willfulness, our foolishnesses, our stupidities, and incorrigibilities… they cannot change the love of God. Never run away from God. Always run to his love. When you sin go to God. He is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. The mistake we make is we imagine the house of the Lord is for the good, the perfect. We imagine church to be some exclusive club for the saintly. And so we exhibit a Pharisaic disposition towards sinners. One look at the dressing and our hearts are filled with judgment and condemnation. But only the sick have need of a doctor. When God brings a sinner home who are we to judge? None of us is deserving of grace. He is who he is because we are who we are.

The love of God is constant. God will never turn back the penitent sinner. I am talking to that gentleman who is struggling with adultery. I am talking to that young lady who is struggling with fornication. I am talking to that young boy who is struggling with drugs. I am talking to that young woman who is struggling with her sexuality. I am talking to that gentleman who has approached Satan for wealth and prosperity. I am talking to the young woman who is struggling with hatred for her father, with hatred for her mother. I am talking to that young man who thinks God can never take him back. O yes he can and he will. The one who gave us the 70×7 standard of forgiveness must surpass our capacity that he might have preeminence in all things. Just bring all to the feet of Jesus.

As for the rich young ruler, you must remember that when we come to the house of God, we all must cast our crowns to the ground before Jesus. Like the twenty and four elders who represent the political Israel and spiritual Israel, we must bow in obeisance to him who sits on the throne, the One in the midst of the seven golden lamp-stands, whose hair is white as wool and his eyes a flame of fire. The one whose feet are like burnished bronze refined in a furnace and whose voice is like the sound of many waters. Whose face is like the sun and from whose mouth proceeds the two-edged sword.

These are the six temptations in the life of a man – lack, emotional tiredness with loneliness, directionlessness and purposelessness, fear, enemies and insecurity. But God never leaves us comfortless. And we find our comfort right in the heart of the Shepherd’s Psalm.

God promised he will feed us and take care of us. That we will not lack. The Lord is our shepherd, we will not want. The lack in Psalm 23 is not just material lack. The Amplified Bible renders that verse as follows: “The Lord is my shepherd to feed, guide and shield me, I shall not lack.” If you lack for guidance, ask God for guidance. If you lack for protection, ask God for protection. And if you lack sustenance, ask God to feed you. You have not because you ask not. I pray that the staff of bread in your home shall not be broken. May you be able to provide for your children and your household. The seed of the righteous shall not beg bread. You will divide the plunder of Canaanite silver and gold. Kings shall bring gifts to you.

May the Lord the God of salvation daily bear your burden. May he carry you day by day. When your heart is troubled may He give you peace. May the sound of the waters of God’s Spirit soothe your nerves and calm your fears. May the Lord restore your soul. I speak to the waves raging in your life and my life, peace, be still I say. May the God who stilled the roaring of the waves calm the storms in your heart. May you be refreshed, and may you be renewed with strength from the Lord your God.

For those lacking in direction, I pray by the unction of the Spirit that God will give you a sense of purpose. That he will reveal your assignment to you. That you will know which way to turn, which direction to face and which road to take. May your ministry be clear before you. May God express himself through you. Your God has commanded your strength and might in his service.

For those walking through the deep sunless valley of the shadow of death, may you feel the presence of the Lord beside you. Remember, God is to us a God of deliverances and salvation; and to God belongs escape from death. May the comfort of his word envelope your heart. May the Lord, the Son of God in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be with you. May people testify of the presence of God beside you.

God never promised us there will be no trials. But he did promise that when we pass through the waters we will not drown, and when we pass through the fire we will not be set ablaze. In other words, the fiery fire of our trials shall be reminiscent of the cloven tongues of fire on the heads of the disciples at Pentecost. It shall capacitate, not incapacitate. It shall testify, not crucify.

As the smoke is driven away, so shall the Lord drive your enemies away. God will shatter the heads of your enemies, the hairy scalp of those who persist in wickedness against you. (Psalm 68). The Lord will rebuke the wild beasts dwelling among the reeds, the herds of bulls with the calves of the people. You shall trample underfoot those who lust for tribute. The Lord shall scatter the peoples who delight in war. Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall hasten to stretch her hands with the offerings of submission to God. So shall it be concerning you in the name of Jesus.

If you have been the victim of envy, I want you to know that Mount Bashan shall always look with grudging and envy at Mount Zion. May the Lord put a song in your mouth, a song of praise to Him who rides upon the heavens. He sends forth his voice. His mighty voice brings healing, his glorious words bring salvation, his wonderful words bring deliverance. I send forth that word into your circumstances this day. Our awesome God, the God who is awe inspiring shall give you a testimony. Our terrible God will wrought miracles on your behalf. He will part the red sea of every impossible situation in your life. Nothing shall be impossible to you. If the doctors have told you you shall not bear, remember nothing shall be impossible. If you’re in despair over your son or your daughter, remember nothing shall be impossible. If you’re in debt and things are looking rather tough, remember nothing shall be impossible. Our God is the God of possibilities.

We give you glory and strength and might and power and dominion O God. For you alone are God, you alone are from everlasting to everlasting. You alone are the Mighty One.
The Lord will give strength and might to his people. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen.

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