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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

  • Olivia
    Psalm 23.is great in my life,it gives me daily assurance of God's love for me and my family.All Christians should not be afraid of any difficulties of life.We should also know that God is always read to solve whatever our problems. if we have faith and remember that God gave his only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.So brothers and sisters we are favored children of Almighty God.!
  • Lori
    I thank God for just being himself and knowing that I am nothing without him.He pours his love into us everyday and he loves us more than we love ourselves!!!!!!!Thank You Heavenly Father for just being you and caring about what happens to your children!!!!!!!!!
  • Lisa Walls
    I AM thankful for Psalms 23 because JEHOVAH KEEPS ME SAFE AND YES I DO BELONG TO YOU.
  • Ambassdor Lawrence
    This psalm is all we will experience as we learn the voice of our Lord and if we obey his voice we will never depart from the church whither the pastor, teacher, singer, saint, or pillar to the church. So serve in the soul winning fields of good ground.
  • Lottie
    psalms is one of my favorites,because the lord is my shepard.and i know in my soul that he watches over me.halliujah
  • Ann
    Inspiring,, Words of wisdom.. Thankyou for all and May God through Jesus our Beloved bless you and yours forever. Amen
  • A disciple
    "The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want." The Lord is my Shepherd and I am His sheep. He calls me by name, and I know His voice and I follow Him. I am afraid of the voice of strangers, and run away from them. While I might not be aware of all the threats from predators or other dangers until I'm already too close my Jesus knows and sees all things, and takes care to keep me safe all the time. I don't have any way to really defend myself but Jesus is more than a match for any evil person that would want to steal me from my Master and eat me for dinner. Jesus takes care of all my needs of food and water and security and comfort and I am so blessed to have Him watching over me! I hope I make Him as happy being in His great flock, as I am to belong to Him.
  • Preachmoore
    A blessing and covenent with God if we believe in Him through Faith in Christ. He is our help in times of trouble. Brings His peace when in low valleys. Comfort for our minds. Grace by HIs Spirit. An awesome God we serve!!!

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David says the Lord anoints his what with oil?
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