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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 23

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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 23

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading summary as a description of what is happening)

 

FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 23: God, my Shepherd

 

A psalm of David.

 

[Preliminary Comments: This is surely the most famous of all the psalms, no doubt written by David in his earlier years as a shepherd boy. He imagines himself as one of the Lord's sheep and writes from that perspective.]

 

v.1 Because he sees God as his shepherd, he knows he will be provided for

v.1  The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

v.2 He sees God leading him, taking him to places of provision

v.2   He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

v.3. This provision ministers to him and the Lord guides him to reveal Himself

v.3  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
     for his name's sake.

v.4 Even if that walk seems life threatening, he is secure in the Lord's presence

v.4  Even though I walk
     through the darkest valley,
[many versions – ‘the valley of death']
I will fear no evil,
     for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
     they comfort me.

 

v.5 Even if there are enemies, he is totally secure in God's blessing & provision

v.5  You prepare a table before me
     in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
     my cup overflows.

v.6 For wherever he goes, God's goodness & love will be there, His presence.

v.6  Surely your goodness and love will follow me
     all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
     forever.

 

[Additional Thoughts: It is a psalm of absolute confidence in the Lord's love and goodness, revealed in His provision, protection, and presence with David at all times. The reader who is a Christian believer could read it as a personal prayer declaration of faith, for example with the personal emphases added. Then as we absorb the wonder of what we have said, it can release us into worship, praise and thanks:

 

1   LORD, you are my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

2   You make me lie down in green pastures, you lead me beside quiet waters, 

3   You refresh my soul. You guide me along the right paths for your name's sake. 

4   Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

5   You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

6   Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in your house forever.

   

   

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