Psalm 23: A Psalm of David

THE Psalm 23 of David is one of the well-known and appreciated Psalms in the BIble.

Unlike other Psalms, David expressed the richness of benefits of having a relationship with God as his Shepherd. He could tell it because he was a shepherd himself, and he knew what gave the best comfort to his tended sheep. Let us reflect on these wonderful Psalms one by one.

(1)The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.

Shepherd is the leader, the overseer, and provider of the needs of the sheep. As a shepherd to his sheep, he knew that he also needed a shepherd of his own. With God, all his needs were provided.

(2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, (3a) he refreshes my soul.

God as a good shepherd knows to give comfort to his sheep. Lying down to sleep in the ease of greenery is better than standing while sleeping (which sheep can do). Rest and quenching thirst are needed to restore our soul which God can provide.

(3b) He guides me along the right path, for His name’s sake.

Guidance is the role of the shepherd. A good shepherd leads to a path that will give his sheep ultimate goodness. This right path reflects the kind of shepherd David had. If we follow God’s guidance in this life, the right path will lead us to our own good because God will not lead us astray or a place that will destroy his good character.

(4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

There were times when the sheep needed to follow the shepherd, even in the darkest of times. This could be during bad weather or when the predators are waiting on their prey.

We could not avoid the darkest valley in life , specifically when someone we love died, or when we face different challenges. It is only in God we find peace.

(5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Predators and insects are enemies of the sheep. Anointing oil over a sheep’s head would keep the insects away. Eating while the enemies are around is one of the privileges of having a shepherd around.

When people tried to destroy us and yet we have God as our shepherd, we are assured of his bountiful blessings and protection. Our enemies may be around to observe our feasting but they could not destroy us.

(6) Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

King David believed in the sovereignty of God. Despite the darkest valleys and enemies, He always had with him the goodness and the love of God. He resolved to dwell in God’s presence all the time.

When we choose God as our shepherd, we are forever secured. His goodness and love will cover us in times of crisis, loss, and pain. Just choose to be his sheep and dwell in his presence.

Reference: New International Version.