Psalm 23 is For You and For Me
When I was young, one of the first chapters of the Bible I learned was Psalm 23. From singing it in Sunday school class, to repeating it over and over again for scripture memory, I soon knew every word. Knowing it by memory however, didn’t make it hold deep meaning for me at all. When difficult times came, I certainly didn’t feel as though I was laying in green pastures or by still quiet waters. My soul wasn’t being refreshed. And, frankly, I didn’t want to suffer for my sake, let alone Gods. Over the past years however, as my family has endured several difficult life storms, my understanding of Psalm 23 has transformed. I now understand it represents the most beautiful and intimate relationship ever created. The relationship between a loving God and His child. Psalm 23 is for you and for me.
Let’s take a moment and carefully read Psalm 23.
Psalm 23 [Amplified]
The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort and console me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the house and in the presence of the Lord.