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(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

  • Angie
    I love this verse. God takes care of all of those who believe. We will want for nothing. When the trials and tribulations come, we will have peace through it by believing he will protect us. By staying in his word, praying and reading his word we learn to put on the whole armorer of God so we are covered with his blood. We know that God doesn't give us the power of fear, but peace and love.
  • JIM DAVIDSON
    sheep are helpless without a leader this can be a lama ,goat, or large dog.been around sheep most of my life any small predator can grab them .then they just give up.but in a christians flock .our church is our fold .and JESUS is the most caring shepard .we could have .he guards the gate 24/7 . always follow the shepherd. and he will get you any crises there is . I LOVE YOU JESUS THE ONLY WAY
  • Ok
    love cheryls description....like when Peter saw the boisterous wind
  • Laura Hill
    To Me, it's saying the Lord is my Shepherd. He is my Comforter, and whatever I am in need of, tell him what you are in need of. He already knows. He wants to know if we have that faith enough to believe,
  • Cheryl Upton
    The waters must be still or the waves and noise of a fast moving river will so frighten the sheep that they will fall in and the weight of their wool will drag them under. What weight do you need to shed today beside the still waters where Jesus will provide all that you need? Talk to Him and ask for relief. Stay by His side, always, and you will receive relief and understanding.
    ei.
  • Norman Decker
    HE TEACHES THAT HE IS OUR SHEPHERD THEREFORE WE MUST SUBMIT TO HIS LEADERSHIP, HIS WISDOM, HIS KNOWLEDGE, HIS ABILITY TO GUIDE US. WE MUST SEEK HIS WILL.
  • RANDALL W.HUDSON
    BY UNDERSTANDING THE 23rd PSALM; LET ALL OF US AWAYS, STRIVE TO: PRAISE GOD ALWAYS,LIVE IN THE FAITH OF HIS SPIRIT AWAYS, LOVE UR FELLOW MAN, ALWAYS, USE GODS WISDOM AND STRENGTH SURELY, ALWAYS, TO LEAD ALL OTHERS TO THE SAFETY AND PEACEFUL SERENITY WITHIN HIS FLOCK.
    YEA, THAT I ALSO, CAN WHOLEHEARTEDLY ACCOMPLISH, THESE WORDS THAT I HAVE JUST SINCERELY INSCRIBED.
  • Rev. Arran Patmus Smith
    Dependency on God requires faith. As a lamb I would submit like Christ to the trials and tribulations and temptations of life. Amen.

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David says the Lord anoints his what with oil?
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