Goodness and mercy or loving-kindness are probably the two most comforting attributes of God’s character for the Christian. It has poured balm and consolation into the heart of the sick, of captives in dungeons, of widows in their pinching griefs, of orphans in their loneliness. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. -------------------- The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, iii. David felt that he needed a shepherd. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed We must understand that sheep are not the smartest animals; they need someone to guide, protect, correct and take care of them. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy The Cleansing / Psalm 32. Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. The shadow of a dog cannot bite; the shadow of a sword cannot kill; the shadow of death cannot destroy us." The Gospels My cup runs over. READ: PSALM 23 REVIEW: Last week we saw all that the Lord as our Shepherd does for us as His sheep in verses 1-3. God not only walks before us and leads us to a place of rest and refreshment, but His goodness follows us as well. Minor Prophets (Spurgeon). Psalm 80:1 also looks to the LORD as the Shepherd of Israel, who would lead Joseph like a flock. Major Prophets i. As David thought about God and his relationship with Him, he made the analogy of a shepherd and his sheep. And I will dwell in the house of the LORD The Old Testament Death stands by the side of the highway in which we have to travel, and the light of heaven shining upon him throws a shadow across our path; let us then rejoice that there is a light beyond. Having been a shepherd himself, David found comfort and security in God as his shepherd who cared, preserved, sustained and watched over him in the same way he did for his sheep. Instead of worrying, why not trust God for what only He can provide? Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer." (See also Ezekiel 34:15.) For His name's sake. Do you know that it is almost impossible to make sheep lie down while they are hungry? We have been forgiven of our sins and we were given the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk with Him. We live in a society where we tend to think of ourselves as always lacking something and always needing something more. But those who acutely sense their need - the poor in spirit Jesus described in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:2) - find great comfort in the idea that God can be a shepherd to them in a personal sense. It has sung courage to the army of the disappointed. Johannine Writings Pick the ones you like. One of the more common motifs in catacomb paintings is Jesus as a shepherd, with a lamb carried across His shoulders. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. He must relate to a sheep in its foolishness, its dependency, and in the warped nature of its will. Required fields are marked *, © 2020 Biblical Christianity | Powered by, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; The questions have been archived for you here. General Epistles Historical Books David recognized that even when following the LORD as a shepherd, one may still go through some dark and difficult times. Jesus: The Reason for the Christmas Season. This line is especially suggestive when we read this Psalm with an eye towards Jesus, the Great Shepherd. In the same way, the LORD not only equips believers to become effective in their ministry; He also anoints them with oil. Your email address will not be published. The implication is that the sheep doesn't always know what it needs and what is best for itself, and so needs the help from the shepherd. c. He leads me beside the still waters: The shepherd knows when the sheep needs green pastures, and knows when the sheep needs the still waters. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible "When a soldier is in the presence of his enemies, if he eats at all he snatches a hasty meal, and away he hastens to the fight. -------------------- What can you remember about this Psalm? d. For You are with me: This emphasizes that it is the presence of the shepherd that eliminated the fear of evil for His sheep. (Kidner), ii. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Recommended Resource: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller. The expression “lie down” speaks of rest. For You are with me; b. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death: This line from the Psalm - and the Psalm as a whole - has proven itself precious to many a dying saint through the ages. How do these phrases apply to us today? - In John 10:11 and 10:14 Jesus clearly spoke of Himself as the good shepherd, who gives His life for the sheep and who can say, "I know My sheep, and am known by My own." ", "It has charmed more griefs to rest than all the philosophy of the world. The LORD as Shepherd is now in the first person. (For some possible ideas, see the following... 3) For a person to claim, “The Lord is my shepherd,” what … One of the principal tasks of a shepherd is guidance. Obstructions are removed; they are strengthened, to walk and run in the paths of God's commandments." In one sense, this was not unusual. As David thought about God and his relationship with Him, he made the analogy of a shepherd and his sheep. It is a blunt and frank statement of affirmation. It has made the dying Christian slave freer than his master, and consoled those whom, dying, he left behind mourning, not so much that he was gone, as because they were left behind, and could not go too." (Spurgeon). OUTLINE I. Most account it to be a Psalm of David's maturity, but with vivid remembrance of his youth as a shepherd. Johannine Writings Having been a shepherd himself, David found comfort and security in God as his shepherd who cared, preserved, sustained and watched over him in the same way he did for his sheep. We can rest in the promise of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, to take care of us. Like many others, this beloved Psalm bears the simple title, A Psalm of David. God was like a shepherd to David, and David was like a sheep to God. God bless! The Old Testament - Ecclesiastes 12:11 speaks of the words of the wise, which are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point he’s saying that the LORD was a real, personal shepherd for him and not just for others in a theoretical sense. Each of us must walk in the light we have. (Beecher, cited in Spurgeon), "Millions of people have memorized this psalm, even those who have learned few other Scripture portions. ii. Rest is needed in order to be refreshed and renewed in spirit. In light of that, what does this verse mean to you? In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Am I camping in the valley? He makes me to lie down in green pastures; A Psalm of David. When we continue to persevere in God’s words, we will get to know more about God, His plans and will for us and how we are to love and serve Him in a way that fulfills His purpose. Pauline Epistles The adequate provision of lush pastureland to which the shepherd has led his sheep will cause them to lie down and rest. Minor Prophets Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Previously David wrote of green pastures and still waters and paths of righteousness. i. represents any difficult experience of life that makes us afraid, and that includes death. The Past / Psalm 78:5 – 8; 32 - 39. Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The idea begins as early as the Book of Genesis, where Moses called the LORD the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel (Genesis 49:24). -------------------- Has there been a particular time in your life when this psalm came to your mind? Because they are timid they will not lie down if they are afraid. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, walk through the valley of the shadow of death, through the valley of the shadow of death, You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over, Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD, David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Revelation 4-6 (1982-85 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Expostion of John the Baptist (Chuck Missler), Sermon on the Mount Part 1 (Chuck Missler), Intro. amzn_assoc_linkid = "33495677f72c1698794a3f56809ea89c"; Instead, it is a Psalm about our own personal journey with our Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Rather than be overcome by anxiety over the circumstances that the Good Shepherd allows in our lives, let us greatly rejoice in God’s abundant grace towards us. Historical Books He leads me: The shepherd was a guide. The LORD is my shepherd: David thought about God, the God of Israel; as he thought about his relationship with God, he made the analogy of a Shepherd and his sheep. I have been doing research on the 23rd Psalm, trying (in vain) to find out why every bible revision after The Revised Standard has taken the last word “. - Zechariah 13:7 speaks of the Messiah as the Shepherd who will be struck, and the sheep scattered (quoted in Matthew 26:31). QUESTION: What stuck with you from last week in thinking about the relationship we have with God as our shepherd? Some of us may be having deep struggles with their present financial situation. God’s Love / Psalm 136. Archived Questions. As a guest at God’s table, David is pursued by God’s goodness, instead of being pursued by his enemies. Are you enjoying God’s abundant grace and blessings? Psalm 7. You anoint my head with oil; So, when you are reading Psalm 23 and wishing you had the things promised, ask yourself a simple, honest question. David's soul was restored by the figurative green pastures and still waters the shepherd brought him to. A valley suggests being hedged in and surrounded. (Spurgeon). It does not mean that we will have everything we want but we will be cared for, loved, and provided for very well. Johannine Writings Explore the depths of God’s compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. This Psalm carries the title, To the Chief Musician. i. Pentateuch b. It's more than a psalm that comforts in death; it gives confidence in life. The Hebrew word for staff (mishaynaw) seems to speak of "a support" in the sense of a walking stick. Historical Books You may be joining , Trusting God for a Better Tomorrow late in the year or have missed some questions. Psalm 4. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "alysanna-20"; When David said, “The Lord is my shepherd,” he’s saying that the LORD was a real, personal shepherd for him and not just for others in a theoretical sense. iv. : According... Psalm 23 is one of the best known passages in the Bible. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Today’s article is a Bible study on Psalm 23, also called the. Nobody is afraid of a shadow, for a shadow cannot stop a man's pathway even for a moment. We must understand that sheep are not the smartest animals; they need someone to guide, protect, correct and take care of them. of Scripture. Psalm 23 maybe a short psalm but it is full of powerful promises and blessings. -------------------- It is customary for people in the Middle East to anoint the heads of their visitors with very fragrant perfumes and serve them with a glass of choice wine, which they are careful to fill until it runs over. "Saith Rabbi Joseph Bar Hamna, there is not a more contemptible office than that of a shepherd…But God disdaineth not to feed his flock, to guide, to govern, to defend them, to handle and heal them, to tend and take care of them." i. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. i. Psalm 23 (NKJV) “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He leads me in the paths of righteousness He restores my soul: The tender care of the shepherd described in the previous verse had its intended effect. Psalm 8. It has remanded to their dungeon more felon thoughts, more black doubts, more thieving sorrows, than there are sands on the sea-shore. A magnificent banquet is provided by a most liberal and benevolent host; who has not only the bounty to feed me, but power to protect me; and, though surrounded by enemies, I sit down to this table with confidence, knowing that I shall feast in perfect security." Answers are from the New King James Version. For some, the words of this psalm have been the last they have ever uttered in life." How much would you have had in your cup?" -------------------- It is well to know, as certainly as David did, that we are the sheep and God is our Shepherd. Psalm 23 is short, one of the shortest actually, but it’s so rich with encouragement not only for those who are going through difficult times, it’s a source of inspiration and comfort to us who have made the Lord our Shepherd. This prophetic psalm clearly details Jesus’ cry "These twin guardian angels will always be with me at my back and my beck. You see, even the NLT which I sometimes use for a literal rendition of the Bible retained the word “forever.”. This beloved psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point Psalm 5. In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. David did not worry about nor fear this valley as he entered it. It brings to … Major Prophets His Presence / Psalm 84. The New Testament What kind of reputation do you think would God earn for Himself if He were careless with those who belong in His charge? - The idea of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was precious to early Christians. . The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point "In Hebrew the words 'restores my soul' can mean 'brings me to repentance' (or conversion)." Micah 7:14 invites the LORD to Shepherd Your people with Your staff…As in days of old. i. David used this powerful phrase to speak of some kind of dark, fearful experience. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point But we need to come to terms with the truth that as we seek God, He will give us what is excellent according to His own purpose and agenda. To lie down in green pastures: The shepherd also knew the good places to make his sheep rest. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Psalm 10. The images are rich with the sense of comfort, care, and rest. This beloved classic will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you. Why Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? Traditionally, shepherds carry a rod and staff. God was like a shepherd to David, and David was like a sheep to God. "I shall not want" means, "I decide to not desire more than what the LORD, my shepherd gives. THE SHEPHERD'S PROVISION (23:1-3) A. - Universal Beginnings (Chuck Missler). The New Testament Just as a literal shepherd would care for his sheep, the LORD as a shepherd knew how to make David rest when he needed it. What is Psalm 151? I use the NKJV and NIV in my Bible study and so I have yet to come across a translation that is “guilty” of doing what you just mentioned. David enjoyed the richness of the LORD’s goodness as his host and he was also refreshed by a head that was anointed with oil. Today’s article is a Bible study on Psalm 23, also called the “Shepherd’s Psalm.” What is this psalm all about and what principles can be applied in the lives of believers in the 21st century? Spurgeon wrote, "I like to recall the fact that this Psalm was written by David, probably when he was a king. David is saying, “All my needs are supplied by the LORD, my Shepherd, and I decide to not desire more than what He gives.” Because God was David’s shepherd, he lacked (wanted) nothing. i. Psalm 23 - The Shepherd Psalm 38 Psalm 27 - Light And Salvation In Dark Times 41 Psalm 32 - The Blessedness Of Confessing Sin 44 Psalm 37 - The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth 47 Psalm 38 - The Penitent Plea Of A Sick Man 51 Psalm 51 - The Penitent’s Prayer 54 Psalms For Living And Worship 58 i. This beloved classic will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you. It may also represent love, peace, beauty, and harmony. The Creator / Psalm 95. i. Restores may picture the rescue of a lost one. -------------------- The Majesty of the Shepherd: \"for His name sake\". 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. and so many more! It may also represent love, peace, beauty, and harmony. Psalm 2. i. One can rightly say that we face only the shadow of death because Jesus took the full reality of death in our place. Wisdom Literature (Spurgeon), ii. God can be relied on to guide His sheep (people) for the sake of His reputation. Luke-Acts Where is God during this hard time in my life? "In Israel, as in other ancient societies, a shepherd's work was considered the lowest of all works. i. In my article, “How to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord,” I emphasized the importance of a patient and careful Bible study if we want to grow as Christians. Minor Prophets What are the Songs of Ascent? 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