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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.


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Psalms Chapter 23 Bible commentary...

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.


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Ramon L's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 3/26/2015, 8:22am...

One of my favorite songs come to mind when I talk about god to someone or think of him and his goodnesI,as you can see goodness is almost spelled like God because God is good all the time,now back to my song it is falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I ever done . That is why I read the 23 Psalms every day to remind me that God walk, and talk with me every day,and his grace and mercy never runs out for a child that he created And for that God I say thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul hallelujah amen!!!!


Carol's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 3/20/2015, 5:54pm...

God is my shepherd and everyday i learn more and more about my lord and savior who loves me very much and has taught me how to love others from the heart. I have been learning so much from Gods word that I am able to receive and give the word of God to others. In Jesus name I pray Amen. We serve a wonderful God whose with us inn the valley, I thank God everyday for his Grace and Mercy for saving my life and taking me through the valley of the shadow of death and walking me out to share my testimony with others. God gives me my strength, grace, working limbs, and his mercy to look up to Heaven and say Thank you for all that have been done for me, and God will continue to do. God has changed me to be better everyday as I walk with him.


Lorraine's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 3/18/2015, 11:50am...

God is truly my shepherd, I never wanted for anything but peace, protection and prosperous and to do what right in his sight. He 's my every thing I can 't make it without him in my life. right now am going through something and am trusting in him to bring me through it and when I read the 23rd Psalms it gives me the joy and peace I 've been looking for because I trust in my God.


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