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Psalm 23: A Reflection

Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys studying the Scripture and leads a Bible study group.


Psalms is an Old Testament book containing holy hymns and poetry. Psalms opens the Writings part of the Hebrew Bible.
In the original Hebrew language, the book as a whole was unnamed, but many psalm titles featured the term mizmor, signifying a poetry performed to a stringed instrument. The Greek equivalent of this phrase, psalmos, is the source for the collective title Psalmoi seen in most manuscripts. A 5th-century Septuagint text translates Psaltrion as Psalter, which became the English word for the Book of Psalms or a liturgical psalter collection. Tehillim ("Songs of Praise") is a feminine noun with a masculine plural ending.

Psalm 23

The King James Version's English translation of Psalm 23 begins, "The Lord is my shepherd," making it the 23rd psalm in the Book of Psalms. It is noted by its Latin incipit, "Dominus reget me." The Book of Psalms is a book of the Christian Old Testament and a chapter of the third book of the Hebrew Bible. This psalm is Psalm 22, according to the somewhat different numbering used in the Latin Vulgate and Greek Septuagint versions of the Bible.
Psalm 23 is a common psalm that is used into both Jewish and Christian rituals. It is frequently accompanied by music. Its universal message of faith in God has led to it being referred to as the most well-known of the psalms. Let us study this psalm and discover what is in stored for us here that would enrich our spiritual life.

Verse 1: God leads His people

This Bible scripture has been utilized innumerable times throughout history.
David trusts the Lord as his shepherd in this passage. This verse's "LORD" is the tetragrammaton. Yahweh or Jehovah are common transliterations. This is Israel's covenant-keeping God's biblical name.
David saw Yahweh lead His people firsthand. He provides for them. David took care of his sheep as a shepherd child. Lord cared for David similarly. David was complete. The Lord, the Good Shepherd, provides all believers' needs. If we pray to Him, we'll get His mercy and support (Hebrews 4:14–16).

Verse 2: Jesus cares for His children

The Lord leads David to beautiful pastures and calm rivers, says David. Biblical shepherds didn't "drive" their flocks. They moved ahead of the herd, which followed. Israel's pastures were only green during the wet season. Shepherds must lead their sheep to green grass or they'll starve.
Sheep won't drink from flowing water. They don't seek pure water; they drink whatever is nearby. Good shepherds guide their flocks to quiet, clear water.
As a good shepherd, the Lord gave David plenty, rest, and quiet. Jesus cares for His disciples as the Good Shepherd. He provides us peace (Psams 4:8), He supplies all our needs (Matthew 6:33), and gives us rest (Matthew 11:28).

As a biblical shepherd knew his sheep by name, so does our Good Shepherd (John 10:3). We should quickly obey His call.

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Verse 3: Jesus restores our spiritual health

David's soul is refreshed by the Lord, his shepherd. If a sheep was hurt in Bible times, its shepherd would heal it. How frequently the Lord heals our spiritual health when the evil world system has injured us, or after we have hurt ourselves by not following Him faithfully! Peter's self-confidence deserted him, but the Good Shepherd restored him to spiritual health (John 21:15–19).
Sometimes a sheep will wander from a safe path and get lost. The shepherd would leave the other sheep with assistants and look for the missing one. Jesus, the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14), leads us to righteousness, but we may stray. Then Jesus searches and restores us. Jesus presented a story about a shepherd with 100 sheep who hunted for a lost one. Then he carried it home and invited friends and neighbors to celebrate.

Verse 4: The Good Shepherd accompanies us in our suffering

In our suffering, the Good Shepherd is at our side.
The Lord leads his flock with gentleness. Even us, he carries.
He will care for his flock in the manner of a shepherd, gathering the lambs in his arms, carrying them on his bosom, and tenderly leading the females who are pregnant. (1 Kings 40:11)
Our Good Shepherd receives and carries us in his arms. It is crucial to keep this in mind when going through pain. God is not so far away. No, he is right there with us, supporting us at every turn. He soothes us as we go through hardships in addition to giving us the stamina to go through them.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, is for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)
We may lay our worries onto him, knowing that he cares for us, when we confront our deepest fears or most agonizing hardships (1 Peter 5:7). We can find solace in him (Psalm 46:1). He pledged to stay with us and is currently here. Even as we deal with loss, pain, and the difficulties of this sin-tainted world, this ought to provide the Christian great peace and consolation.

Verses 5-6: The Lord prepares oureverlasting home in heaven

In front of my adversaries, you set a feast for me, anoint my head with oil, and fill my cup to overflowing.
I will undoubtedly experience goodness and mercy during my whole life, and I will live in the Lord's house for all of eternity. (Psalm 23:5-6)
When David composed this psalm, he experienced considerable anguish. As he was being chased by his adversaries who wanted to murder him, he got the distinct impression that he was moving through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
He found solace in the fact that, despite his present circumstances on earth, he would spend all of eternity in the Lord's home. Even death couldn't take away his redemption.

He could confidently state that his "cup overflows" because of this. Christ was his share.


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© 2022 Ruby Campos

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