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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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Matthew Henry's 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.

 


Recent Comments for Psalms Chapter 23...

 


Diane Johnson's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/21/2014, 8:16am...

It is so wonderful to have God, and the Holy Spirit to rest on.No. matter what you do just trust and believe on Gods word, He will not let you down, His promise stands forever. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And l will dwell in the house of the Lord ", Forever. Amen

 


Sue whisler's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/19/2014, 6:58am...

I personally love this verse

 


Reggie Kambule's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/15/2014, 1:32am...

Psalms 23 teaches me to put my faith in God for my challenges and troubles with regard to what I am going through are not bigger than God. If I put faith in my Lord as shepherd I shall not want as David said in Psalms 23.

 


Eyigold's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/13/2014, 11:27pm...

Awesome.The strength I daily get from psalm 23 keeps me covered as well as leading me through the storms. My day starts with it and it has proved to be the potent day starter I need. Haven gone through terrible storms of the enemy recently almost losing it all. Psalm 23 helped my faith and I remained focused on the finished works of Christ and the supplies made available therefrom by Grace. Psalm 23 has really helped me to come out on the other side of the terrible storm victorious.

 


Karrissa's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/12/2014, 7:48am...

I feel like every time I read psalms 23 it reminds me that no matter what I may be going through God is there with me every step of the way protecting me leading me in the right paths I just lost my home due to being evicted off the land my home was on right now I feel that I 'm at the low of the low I have no place to turn I don 't know what to do but one thing I keep doing is asking God to protect my mind and my thoughts help me to stay focus on u not on my situation cause God is bigger than all of my problems and situations he will bring me out of this no matter what the devil try to get in to my head this week and make me have thoughts of ending my life and psalms 23 help me and praying against that spirt as well help me through every situation God is there

 


Fasina J.Akin's Psalms Chapter 23 comment on 10/12/2014, 7:31am...

I 'm almost down and out but this psalm encourages me!

 


Kay's Psalms Chapter 23 comment about verse 5 on 10/11/2014, 10:18am...

I WOKE THIS MORNING... AND THE FIRST 12 WORDS OF PSALM 23 5 CAME TO MY MIND. SO I WENT TO THE COMPUTER AND FOUND THEM IN PSALM 23, WHICH I HAVE READ MANY MANY TIMES, AND HAVE QUOTED MANY TIMES. SATAN HAS A WAY OF STEALING THE WORD, AND ALSO WHERE IT IS WRITTEN. JESUS, DURING THE WILDERNESS TEST... ALWAYS QUOTED THE WORD TO SATAN, AND SATAN WOULD FLEE EACH TIME. JESUS SAID "IT IS WRITTEN.... " EACH TIME. AS I READ FROM ONE PERSON 'S RESPONSE ON THIS PSALM.... ABOUT HOW HIS THOUGHTS CAUSE HIM TO BE UPSET. JESUS SAID IN HIS WORD... WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST BLOOD AND FLESH, BUT AGAINST POWERS OF DARKNESS... ".. AND IT IS WRITTEN... EPHESIANS 5 16 YOU WILL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FLAMIING DARTS OF THE EVIL ONE " THOSE THOUGHTS THAT COME INTO YOUR MIND, THOSE THOUGHTS OF CONDEMNATION, ETC, ARE FROM THE ENEMY. SATAN WANTS YOU TO FOOL YOU TO BELIEVE IT IS YOU, NOT THE FIREY DARTS OF THE ENEMY. ITS IS WRITTEN..... AMEN AND AMEN!!!

 


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