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

  • Ollie J Hardin-Maxie on Psalms 23:1
    The Lord Is My Shepherd and I shall not want ever. Amen.
  • Doras L STAFFORD on Psalms 23:1
    Vr.4 in my life 80yrs. my "god" in heaven has never let me down!! in fact always there to lift me up!!aman praise his holy name!!
  • Carleton on Psalms 23:3
    "Jesus Lover of My Soul"

    Charles Wesley

    Jesus Lover of my soul, Let me to thy bosom fly,

    While the nearer waters roll, While the tempest still is high.

    Hide me, O my Savior hide, Till the storms of life is past;

    Safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.

    Other refuge have I none, Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;

    Leave, oh, leave me not alone, Still support and comfort me.

    All my trust on Thee is stayed, All my help from Thee I bring;

    Cover my defenseless head With the shadow of thy wing.

    Thou, O Christ, art all I want; More than all in Thee I find;

    Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, Heal the sick, and lead the blind.

    Just and holy is Thy name, I am all unrighteousness;

    False and full of sin, I am, Thou art full of truth and grace.

    Plenteous grace with Thee is found, Grace to pardon all my sin;

    Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within.

    Thou of life the fountain art, Freely let me take of Thee;

    Spring Thou up within my heart, Rise to all eternity.
  • Carleton on Psalms 23:3
    Daniel 12:12

    "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."
  • Carleton on Psalms 23:3
    The Anti-Church for a period of time sacrificed true saints until she became sterile. It now has been around 450 years that the True Church was able to leave the wilderness and preach and teach (by example) the Gospel throughout the whole world.
  • Julie on Psalms 23:3
    I figured it out. They need to renew their hearts to get rid of the evil in their hearts to stop all the wars etc... do you know where in the Bible a Prayer May Be For That ???
  • Daveyann Hao on Psalms 23:3
    The Lord IS my Shepherd. Though I do walk through the valley of the shadow of death His word comforts and guides me to live in His paths. Though I've sinned He stores my soul and I live a righteous life because He leads me in paths of righteousness to honor Him. Therefore He blesses me abundantly so I can in return be a blessing to the Lord's people in a New Testament Missionary Baptist church where our pastor faithfully watches for our souls and guides us to watch faithfully for the Lord's soon return. Very blessed we are at Kailua Missionary Baptist church at Kalama in Kailua, Hawaii. Amen to Keoki's sermon today about watching out for false prophets. I have that too. I'm standing anchored against him.
  • James Williams on Psalms 23
    Psalms 23 is the power an might coming down from heaven for such a time as this, God said he would never leave us neither for sake us!! That's what psalms 23 means to me the Blood of Jesus all over me I love reading psalms. Father Son & the Holy spirit.
  • Noel on Psalms 23:3
    Blessed be the day!! Marlilyn T., I love your comment. I read the 23rd psalm everyday with every breathe in my body. May God continue to bless you and your love ones, especially during this pandemic and we all will heal especially families who lost a love one.
  • Marilyn T on Psalms 23:3
    So thankful for the Lord being my Shepherd. He will not allow any bad things to happen to me. He is

    always with me. Even allowing "goodness and mercy" to follow me. All of the days of my life these

    Angels are with me. Happy that each of God's children have their own two (2) angles to be before and

    after them where-so ever they go. I have prayed this Psalm with me through many surgeries and life's

    happenings. God never , never has left me alone.


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