Psalm 23


It is hard to know where to start to do a short commentary on Psalm 23.  I have heard sermons series that had one lesson for every verse.  Whole books have been written on it.  It is one of the most recognized passages in the Bible.  It is a great Psalm to memorize (then you can say you memorized a whole chapter of the Bible!)

To slow down and get a lot out of this Psalm try reading a verse repeatedly and emphasizing a different word each time.  For example:

  • The Lord is my shepherd – Not just any Lord, but the Lord – the one true God.

  • The Lord is my shepherd – God is your shepherd – not someone else.

  • The Lord is my shepherd – He is your shepherd right now and forever (Or is he?  If he isn’t, make him the shepherd today).

  • The Lord is my shepherd – not just some generic shepherd, but your shepherd.

  • The Lord is my shepherd – He leads you and guides you.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

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

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.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

My favorite verse is probably, “He restores my soul.”  I always slow down at that part.  He redeemed it for eternity and He restores it whenever I stop and focus on him.  Praise God for that!

This Psalm is full of promises from beginning to end.

What stands out to you about this Psalm?


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