Psalm 23: God, my Shepherd
psalm of David.
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.]
Because he sees God as his shepherd, he knows he will be provided
is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He sees God leading him, taking him to places of provision
makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
This provision ministers to him and the Lord guides him to reveal
refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name's sake.
Even if that walk seems life threatening, he is secure in the
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.
Even if there are enemies, he is totally secure in God's blessing
prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
For wherever he goes, God's goodness & love will be there,
your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
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:
LORD, you are my shepherd, I lack nothing.
You make me lie down in green pastures, you lead me beside quiet
You refresh my soul. You guide me along the right paths for your
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
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You
anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my
life, and I will dwell in your house forever.
to Psa 24