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1 (A Psalm of David.) The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

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

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

4 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.

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

6 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.

Commentary for Psalms 23

Confidence in God's grace and care.

- "The Lord is my shepherd." In these words, the believer is taught to express his satisfaction in the care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects that he has a shepherd, and that shepherd is Jehovah. A flock of sheep, gentle and harmless, feeding in verdant pastures, under the care of a skilful, watchful, and tender shepherd, forms an emblem of believers brought back to the Shepherd of their souls. The greatest abundance is but a dry pasture to a wicked man, who relishes in it only what pleases the senses; but to a godly man, who by faith tastes the goodness of God in all his enjoyments, though he has but little of the world, it is a green pasture. The Lord gives quiet and contentment in the mind, whatever the lot is. Are we blessed with the green pastures of the ordinances, let us not think it enough to pass through them, but let us abide in them. The consolations of the Holy Spirit are the still waters by which the saints are led; the streams which flow from the Fountain of living waters. Those only are led by the still waters of comfort, who walk in the paths of righteousness. The way of duty is the truly pleasant way. The work of righteousness in peace. In these paths we cannot walk, unless. God lead us into them, and lead us on in them. Discontent and distrust proceed from unbelief; an unsteady walk is the consequence: let us then simply trust our Shepherd's care, and hearken to his voice. The valley of the shadow of death may denote the most severe and terrible affliction, or dark dispensation of providence, that the psalmist ever could come under. Between the part of the flock on earth and that which is gone to heaven, death lies like a dark valley that must be passed in going from one to the other. But even in this there are words which lessen the terror. It is but the shadow of death: the shadow of a serpent will not sting, nor the shadow of a sword kill. It is a valley, deep indeed, and dark, and miry; but valleys are often fruitful, and so is death itself fruitful of comforts to God's people. It is a walk through it: they shall not be lost in this valley, but get safe to the mountain on the other side. Death is a king of terrors, but not to the sheep of Christ. When they come to die, God will rebuke the enemy; he will guide them with his rod, and sustain them with his staff. There is enough in the gospel to comfort the saints when dying, and underneath them are the everlasting arms. The Lord's people feast at his table, upon the provisions of his love. Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy their comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full. Past experience teaches believers to trust that the goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, and it is their desire and determination, to seek their happiness in the service of God here, and they hope to enjoy his love for ever in heaven. While here, the Lord can make any situation pleasant, by the anointing of his Spirit and the joys of his salvation. But those that would be satisfied with the blessings of his house, must keep close to the duties of it.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 23

  • Rosie Culbert
    I learned that God is Good. Mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. I will trust him forever. When I was challenges with some difficult and want to give up. God says no and gave me the strength to step back and let him take my wheel. The Lord is my Shepherd and always will be. As I stated God is Good.
  • Margaret Johnson
    This bible verse tells me not to fear the works of the devil because no matter what we go through God is always with us to protect,guide,and teach us his righteousness because he wants the best for his children whom he has chosen,and he knows our daily needs even before we ask him.Aleluhya to the lamb of God Almighty.
  • Norma
    I love it the first I read it was when I was about 10 and it stayed with me it makes me feel safe knowing my God is with me I m glad. Its just a since of security for me I also love palms 91my sister has told me to read them both everyday I know the end is near and we need to get close to God we should pray for this world and people we don't know what 2017 has for us I hope we will all be kept saf
  • Char Palmer
    I find comfort and peace through this Psalm. My family is so broken. My hope is in the Shepherd. He restorrth my soul ! Amen ....
  • Gilbert
    The Lord is my life, I shall not want.
  • Donna
    Psalm 23 is a great comfort for the believer in times of difficulty. It revives, restores and refreshes the soul. These verses I have learnt by heart so I can voice them anytime I need to. Thank you Lord for your words are life indeed.

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Bible Trivia

David says the Lord anoints his what with oil?
  • Head
  • Hands
  • Heart
  • Bread