Psalm 23

In this beautiful psalm, David describes the LORD as like a gracious shepherd who protects us and provides for us.

 


 

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

A Psalm by David.

 

VERSE 1. The LORD is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing.

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shepherd. The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd:

John 10:14. I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own.

Hebrews 13:20. Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus,

1 Peter 5:4. When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn’t fade away.

I shall lack nothing. When the nation wandered through the desert, they lacked nothing.

 

VERSE 2. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

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Isaiah 49:10. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun strike them: for he who has mercy on them will lead them. He will guide them by springs of water.

 

VERSE 3. He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

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He restores my soul. God can heal our brokenness.

 

VERSE 4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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Psalm 121:7. The LORD will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul.

Your rod. A rod was a club used to fend off wild animals.

your staff. A staff was a stick used to keep sheep from wandering off.

 

VERSE 5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.

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prepare a table before me. That is, God provided for David.

anoint my head with oil. In those days, people had a custom of pouring oil over the head of an honored guest.

 

VERSE 6. Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the LORD’s house forever.

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the LORD’s house. That is, the sanctuary.

forever. The Hebrew word is לְאֹ֣רֶךְ (“lə·’ō·reḵ”). It means forever, forevermore, long, so long. In this context, it probably means “for the rest of his life.”

 


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