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

  • THE LONELY YEARS
    I Look with Pity at what I see an Empty Shell that use to be me Pain Reget and Lonely Years Lost in Shame and Unshed Tears An Emptiness Beyond Compare A Loniness I Can Not Bear, Leaving my Heart in Despair and Seeking in my Soul for Someone to Care. When in Love I Bowed my Knees Jesus Set me Free and Filled the Void that Engulfed me. The Wonder and Joy of His Hope and Love these are The Miracles from God Above...Vipin I wrote the first part of these Poems when I was 25 the Parts about Jesus were added many years later when I started writting Poetry again. There was a Sign and Wonder that others witnessed they said God was Anointing them. Oh How He Loves You Vipin and Me, He Gave His Life...
  • THE KEY
    I cant Dim this Maddening Flame that Burns with Desire and Shame The want the Need is there the Passion I must Share. Yet deep within my Heart is a Longing I cant Impart a Tenderness I have Never known a Love I have never Shown. Who can Set me Free from this Bondage that Imprisons me. When in Love I Bowed my knees Jesus was The Key and He Let this Captive be Open Whole and Free.
  • Sue
    I suffer from anxiety. And i read psalm 23 to get me through it.
  • Achile Solomon
    yes, eve me too
  • Marilyn T
    I am grateful for the 23rd Psalm. Many times as I go through so many things in life I run to this Psalm. I read it over and over. Many times when I approach Surgery, a hard Test, a Procedure or lots of things in life. I know that God is with me in the shadows of death. I also know that Goodness and Mercy are following me . The Holy Ghost is my Comforter when I am helpless. Praise God!
  • Tonya
    I love this reminder scripture and I see why the church is where I run too because it is where the LORD dwells.
  • Niguana
    In all my troubling times the book Psalms 23 has helps me every time. Especially when there s no one to talk to at the moment. God is so amazing!!!!
  • Jason Joseph Sobb
    I love my Lord with every bit of my heart. I believe in his word and his promises. If I find my self walking in an unfamiliar place I shall lean on him. If I find my self laying on a bed of nails I remember who is holding me and laying with me and suddenly that bed of nails becomes a green pasture for me to lay down. He is my Great Comforter. I love you Lord. JJS
  • John (Banker)
    I have gone thru a tough time financially the past three years and it has just about drained me. But praise God I can see light at the end of the tunnel. Recently God woke me up at 4 am to tell me to pray and read his word for the next two hours. He also told me to read Palms 23 and I had no idea what it was. I soon recognized it and praise God it is seeing me thru.
  • Gayle Ackerman
    So happy to hear this. God is indeed good.


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