The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful song of praise.
The 23rd Psalm is often used
in times of trouble and loss.
This Psalm has bidden many
who have experienced personal sorrows... certainty...
for a morning of joy.
The 23rd Psalm speaks both
to life and to death.
The 23rd Psalm helps us to better understand and accept
the death of our loved ones,
and it also evokes thought, as it relates,
to the profound and inevitable aspect
of our own mortality.
The 23rd Psalm assures us that with God as our Shepherd,
we have all that we need for both life and death.
The 23rd Psalm has been and is comforting
to many mourners in their night of weeping.
The guidance, beauty, strength, and encouragement
one gains from the 23rd Psalm is unsurpassed.
The Twenty-Third Psalm of David
found in the Old Testament of the Bible is
one of the most comforting prayers
for every sigh of the soul.
Repeated often, it can help reframe, renew, and
restore our confidence and turn negative thoughts,
emotions, and situations around.
We will never go through anything, in life, in which
the root emotion cannot find comfort, refreshment,
guidance, and protection...
than in the simplistic beauty contained...
in the 23rd Psalm.
So even if the words do not ring true for you...
just repeating the words and thinking about them,
can help them to come alive for you.
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most popular
and beloved of the Psalms.
It is perhaps the preeminent Psalm of prosperity.
Because the Lord is our Shepherd,
God meets all of our needs...
and we have everything we need!
With God as our Shepherd...
we will be cared for, loved, and
our needs will be provided.
Like sheep, we, too, need a Shepherd.
Sheep are basically helpless creatures
who wander off and get lost.
The sheep are helpless, innocent, and utterly
dependent on God.
God, fulfills His role as Shepherd by
protecting the sheep.
Thus, the sheep “shall not want.”
We shall not want...
We, like the sheep, cannot survive long
without a shepherd.
We, too, are totally dependent upon God
to Shepherd, protect, and care for us.
The Shepherd takes great care
to protect the sheep.
When we recognize the Good Shepherd...
we follow Him!
As the Lord is the Good Shepherd,
so we are His sheep --
not frightened or passive,
but obedient followers,
wise enough to follow the One
who will lead us in the right places
and in right ways.
When we allow God our Shepherd to guide us,
we have contentment...
because we are safe under His care,
and absolved from all anxieties.
Our Shepherd knows and leads us
to the "Green pastures"
God makes us to lie down
in green pastures:
Taste the goodness of God!
The Shepherd of our soul makes us to lie down in the
meadow grass... not only to feed, but to rest,
and enjoy tranquillity, peace, and safety;
where there are both delight and plenty.
God leads us beside
the still, serene waters...
the freshness of the meadow, the coolness of the stream.
It is indicative of heaven being everywhere...
if we could but enter it.
The "Quiet waters" that will restore us.
God gives us new strength.
He restores, refreshes,
and revives our soul.
We will reach these places
only by following God obediently...
not the world.
Rebelling against the Shepherd's leading
is actually rebelling against our own best interests.
We must remember this the next time
we are tempted to go our own way
rather than the Shepherd's way.
God leads us in the paths of righteousness
for His Name sake.
He helps us do what honors Him the most.
Yea, though we walk through
the valley of the shadow of death,
we will fear no evil:
For God is with us.
Even when walking through the dark valley of death
we will not be afraid, for God is close beside us,
guarding, and guiding us all the way.
God's rod and God's staff,
they comfort us.
God prepares a table before us
in the presence of our enemies;
God knows how to create a feast for His own.
He sets a nice table, right in front of us,
and in the presence of our enemies!
Good is not being vindictive, but He is showing
our enemies how His anointed are treated.
God has welcomed us as His guest.
God has anointed our head with oil.
Our cup runs over...
Let us trust our Shepherd's care,
and hearken to His voice.