The Lord's Prayer & 23rd Psalm, contain the same formula for spiritual growth. However, when compared, it can be seen that the Lord's Prayer is slightly out of order:
1. Matt 06:09b Luke 11:02b "Our Father, who is in the heavens; hallowed be Thy name:
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2. Matt 06:10a Luke 11:02c "Thy kingdom come; Thy will come to pass, as in heaven also on earth;
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my Soul:
3. Matt 06:11 Luke 11:03 "Give us this day our daily bread;
Thou prepareth a table before me
4. Matt 06:12 Luke 11:04a "And forgive us our debts, as also we forgive our debtors.
In the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil
5. Matt 06:13a Luke 11:04b "Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from the evil.
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 thy staff they comfort me
It is curious that 'temptation' has been moved to the bottom, which leaves 'bread' located just below God's Will, which is where 'temptation' should be. Probably this is because it was thought that 'bread' referred to the Eucharist and therefore it was swapped with 'temptation' to put it closer to God's Will. Or, perhaps, no one thought that the order was important.
In comparing the 'Lord's Prayer' to the 'Twenty-third Psalm', each gives more insight into the other. It is important to first understand that their order is God to man, but we travel from man to God (5 to 1). For instance, in line 2, the 'Twenty-third Psalm' uses the word 'Soul' that God, the Shepherd, restores, thus showing that the Soul has the capability of being filled by 'God's Will' shown in the same line in the 'Lord's Prayer'. This is why a Soul is eternal.
In line 3 of the Psalm where we will now reloctate the temptation line, the method is given to avoid temptation using the images of a shepherd's rod pushing us forward on the 'straight and narrow path' and the shepherd's crook to change direction to avoid danger. 'Temptation' is not the trivial sense of earthly temptations, but rather these are the temptations of the 'serpent in the Garden of Eden' or the 'battle of Michael and Satan' that involve the temptation to use knowledge to gain power over others. This is the place where the 'tares' are separated from the 'wheat' in the resurrection of the dead. Sadly some foolishly use this knowledge to merely support the state of bliss in the realm of Spirit already attained, thus to eventually end their days in the oblivion of emotional dreaming until the Spirit dies.
In line 5, which is now on the bottom, is the most important step if one chooses to embark on a spiritual path that very few travel upon. It is the point of impartiality. This is the act of 'turning the other cheek'. In the 'Twenty-third Psalm', the image of 'anointing ones head with oil' is linked with 'in the presence of ones enemies', which refers directly to David expressing kingly qualities to his enemies as he did in sparing Saul's life. It is a state of emotion and mind that says I am more than a body with feelings and ego, I am made of Spirit and I will act like an angel.
As you can see, the Lord's Prayer is more than a prayer and the Twenty-third Psalm is more than a song. The correct order the Lord's Prayer for the formula for spiritual perfection is:
1. (do) Matt 06:09b "Our Father, who is in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name!
2. (ti) Matt 06:10 "Thy kingdom come: Thy will come to pass, as in heaven also on the earth.
3. (la) Matt 06:13 "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil
4. (sol) Matt 06:11 "Give us this day our daily bread.
5. (fa) Matt 06:12 " Forgive us our debts, as also we forgive our debtors.
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