Psalm 23

Psalm 23

While seeking the Lord for what He might have shared for Purposed Living, my thoughts are constantly brought back to Psalm 23. Most likely, this is a familiar passage for many. It is often read at funerals. But as I take time to meditate upon the scripture, I am struck by its content.

As children of God, the declarations David made in this Psalm are true for our lives as well. We should be able to confidently speak these truths from our heart. I would like to take a moment for us to dissect what he is really saying. 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

It is ultimately a shepherd's job to care for and protect the flock. I find such comfort in knowing that the Lord is my shepherd. Not only that but He is my shepherd by choice! He left the 99 to find me. The task of a shepherd is often looked down upon as an undesirable job to hold, but God chose that with no resistance or second thought. He only has a heart of complete love in caring for His sheep. When the Lord is one’s shepherd, he will lack nothing. 

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

The good shepherd provides nothing but the very best for His sheep. God has a green pasture for each of our lives. He desires to lead us beside the still waters. We must submit to His leading to find true contentment in these things. Otherwise, we resist the true blessing and work against it. 

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

The act of restoring is to return something that has been lost or to revive. When the toils of this life vex our souls, God is the ultimate restorer. He refreshes us. Then, He lovingly takes us by the hand and leads us down “paths of righteousness.” Are you currently allowing Him to lead you down such a path?

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

In this imperfect world, we face many trials along the journey. They can create such a dark shadow in our lives and leave us feeling hopeless and afraid. It may feel almost like drowning. But the Lord provides us with peace that passes all understanding. He can take away every trace of fear that threatens to overcome us. The shepherd’s rod and staff are used as a source of defense against predators and guidance for the sheep.  Along the darkest of valleys, God protects us against all predators and draws us back when we begin to stray. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Here David expresses God’s provision in his life, along with His abundant blessings and favor. As our shepherd God will do the same for us! 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

As one of His flock, we are assured of His goodness and mercy on our lives. We have a promise of an eternity in His home. I find such comfort in this confident declaration.

I encourage you to meditate upon this scripture throughout the next week and allow it to encourage your heart.

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