Psalm 23 is the best-known psalm and the 


favorite biblical passage of many. 


Why?



Because it does more than tell us that God 


protects, guides, and blessesPsalm 23 is 


one of the most inspiring, encouraging 


and comforting passages of Scripture.



In Psalm 23, David is praising God for


 His care and protection. Shepherds had to


 live with their sheep, guiding them around 


the hills and valleys to find fresh plant life 


and water to sustain their flocks.


It shows us a poetic image of powerless 


sheep being tended by an unfailingly careful


 Shepherd.



There were flocks of sheep all over Israel.


 There were not a great number of places for


 them to feed. Because of this the flocks would


 intermingle around feeding areas and 


waterholes. The sheep had to know the voice 


of their shepherd so that when he called they 


would follow him. Shepherds worked with 


their sheep to train them to obey only their 


voice. 

Psalm 23 presents God as a Good Shepherd, 


feeding and leading His flock. It is known 


that the shepherd is to know each sheep by name,


 thus when God is given the analogy of a Shepherd, 


He is not only a Protector but also the Caretaker.



The Psalms were, as a matter of fact, the hymnal


 that was used by the Hebrews as they worshiped 


God. 

God promised protection to the Israelites 


against the nations who would come against 


them as they entered the Promised Land. 


“I will send My terror ahead of you, and I 


will make all your enemies turn their backs


 to you.” 


Exodus 23:27


Here we see God protecting those whose 


actions were in accordance to His


 foreordained plans and purpose.


The Psalms of David are filled with 


praise for God as He protected His chosen 


one against his enemies.


Psalm 18:354:7138:7


No matter the amount of power or wrath 


that David’s enemies brought against him, 


they were no match for the protection of God. 


God’s protection in Job’s life was evident 


as well. Even though Job suffered through


many trials as a result of the attacks of Satan, 


it was God who drew the line in the sand, 


over which Satan could not cross. Satan was 


limited to doing exactly what God allowed


 him to do, and nothing more.


Job 1–3


 Even through all the misery and afflictions 


Job endured, God was protecting him from 


greater harm. 

With God as our Protector, we will not lack


 anything we need


The word "Want" means "Lack."

The role of a shepherd is to lead the sheep

to green pastures so they may graze, protect the 

flock by being on the lookout for predators, 

and the shepherd makes sure that none of the 

sheep are lost or go astray. 

Shepherd is synonymous for... 

"protector."

He maketh me to lie down 


in green pastures:

He leads me beside the still waters,

When we submit to God's will and His way, 


we can be sure that He’ll guide us along the 


path that is best for us. And for the sake of 


His name and His glory, He guides our will


 to line up with His.

A valley is a place surrounded by hills or 


mountains, which often cast a shadow 


below. The imposing mountains are symbolic 


of death. It's a place of danger where many 


bad things or "evils" could occur.

By faith, we walk with God 


through all the trials of life.

The Shepherd will guide us in the right way.

 On our own, we are unable to withstand or 


protect ourselves in the valley of the shadow 


of death. It is by our faith, in God, we are


 able to go through all the trials of life. 

Jesus said in John 10:11, I am the Good Shepherd. 


The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

We are the sheep of His pasture. He will protect us, 


provide for us, give us food, give us shelter,


 and gently correct us when we go astray.

God can seat us at a fine table so that we may enjoy


a feast, even when our enemies are nearby. Even 


though all around are all the demons of hell... 


they cannot touch us. We are able to feel at ease


 and peacefully enjoy the banquet, even in the 


presence of our enemies.

"Anointment" is a sacred act of setting a person 

apart and and making him holy. It is symbolized 

by rubbing oil on the person.

Sheep were also anointed by shepherds to keep out


 deadly bugs. God protects us from the things 


that would harm us.

God doesn't just provide enough, 


He provides more than enough.


God provides what we need, and God always 


gives more... literally, pressed down, shaken 


together and overflowing. 



When our cups overflowwe can be generous,


 just as our Father. We can use the overflow


 He has given us... to be a blessing to others. 

Our inheritance from God includes His 


“Goodness and mercy.” 


Psalm 23:6

The 23rd Psalm is often used


 in times of trouble and loss.


This Psalm has bidden many who have


 experienced personal sorrows... 


the 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. 

God has the ability to deliver us out of every


 physical calamity or trouble.


Sometimes He uses these trials to purify us. At 


these times, we should “Count it pure joy” 


because by allowing such trials, God tests our


 faith to develop more faith so that we persevere 


and grow to maturity and Christ-likeness.


 James 1:2-3

 


Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet


 trials of various kinds, for you know that the 


testing of your faith produces steadfastness.


If God protected us from such trials... it would 


not be beneficial to us.

God’s protection is sure and faithful because


 He promises to His people: 


“I will never leave you nor forsake you” 


Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or 


be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your 


God who goes with you. nHe will not leave 


you or forsake you.” 


Deuteronomy 31:6; 



No man shall be able to stand before you


 all the days of your life. Just as I was with 


Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave 


you or forsake you.


Joshua 1:5; 



“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. 


Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord 


God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you 


or forsake you. 


1Chronicles 28:20;



“I will never leave you 


nor forsake you.”


Hebrews 13:5


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 pre-eminent Psalm of 


prosperity.

God is concerned about

 All of our needs!

 Because the Lord is our Shepherd, God meets


 all of our needs. 


We have everything we need!


With God as our Shepherd... 


we will be cared for, loved, and


 our needs will be provided.

God’s protection is sure and faithful because


 God promises to His people: 


“I will never leave you nor forsake you”


Be strong and courageous. 


Do not fear or be in dread of them, 


for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. 


He will not leave you or forsake you.


No man shall be able to stand before you all 


the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, 


so I will be with you. 


"I will not leave you or 


forsake you."

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...


THAT'S SUPPLY!


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.


 THAT'S RELATIONSHIP!

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:



THAT'S REST!

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...

 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


with us, guarding, and guiding us all the way.

God’s protection is sure and faithful because 


He promises to His people: 


“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”


God's protection is...



matchless.

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 for us, in the presence of 


our enemies!


God is showing our enemies how His anointed 


are treated.



God has welcomed us 



as His guest.

God has anointed our heads 


with oil.


Our cups run over...


blessings are overflowing!

Let us trust our Shepherd's care, 


and hearken to His voice.

We can rest assured that God will provide 


all our needs. 

In God there is an abundance of blessings. 


All we need is...



 in God... and with God.

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