Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
In Psalm 23, David describes God as his Shepherd. The text, beloved by Jews and Christians alike, is often alluded to in popular media and has been set to music many times. The psalm of only six verses is read at funerals to comfort the bereaved.
Many Christians have learned the words of this psalm and can recite them verbatim. Many Christians have lived the psalm and know the shepherd David writes about.
Psalm 23 portrays God as a good shepherd, feeding (verse 1) and leading (verse 3) his flock. The "rod and staff" (verse 4) are also the implements of a shepherd.
Here is a key to understanding Psalm 23:
- "The Lord is my Shepherd" -- That's a one-on-one relationship.
- "I shall not want" -- That's the source for your needs.
- "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures" -- That's contentment and rest.
- "He leadeth me beside the still waters" -- That's cool, peaceful refreshment.
- "He restoreth my soul" -- That's provision for revitalization and healing.
- "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness" -- That's leadership and guidance for God's will.
- "For His name sake" -- That gives a higher purpose for life
- "Truly, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" -- That's about testing in the darkest valley, even through death.
- "I will fear no evil" -- That's knowing you are protected even at your lowest hour.
- "For Thou art with me" -- That's the constant faithfulness of the Shepherd.
- "Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me" -- That's God's protection against the enemies.
- "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies" -- That's assurance of support and hope in danger.
- "Thou annointest my head with oil" -- That's care, dedication and consecration.
- "My cup runneth over" -- That's His abundance flowing to you and out to others.
- "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life" -- That's the blessing and power of grace, through faith.
- "And I will dwell in the house of the Lord" -- That's home and security in the Lord's provision.
- "Forever." -- That's now and always; that's eternity.
Psalm 23 is short enough to read in its entirety. Psalm 23 is powerful enough to bring comfort to your soul. Read and meditate on Psalm 23 throughout the day.
You are invited to read Day 20 Lenten scripture and meditation.