Picture Credit (Me)
Good evening. I hope all is well with you. Today, I’ll be sharing a few key points I got from reading Psalm 23. Okay let take a few minutes to talk about the Book of Psalm. So who wrote the Book of Psalm? According to research, half of this book was written by David. So who is David? David is the anointed King of Israel. More information can be found in the Book of First and Second Samuel. So let’s get started. So for me, I absolutely like reading and analyzing when I am reading the word of God. The first time I was introduced to Psalm 23, was many years ago. I believe I was around the age of 7 or 8, when my aunt read Psalm 23 to me. I remember that day like it was yesterday. So lets forward to May 2016, I went to a retreat. At the retreat, I read Psalm 23 and wrote down what each stanza meant to me. I usually read from the NIV version which is more understandable to me but for this one, the text will be taken from the KJV. This was the version my art read to me as a little girl. Let’s begin. Here below is the text. Please take some time to read it.
Psalm 23: King James Version (KJV)
23 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.
Okay, I hope you have taken all the time you need to read this text. In lines 1, we are reminded that (God is our Provider). We shall not lack in anything. It states that “The Lord is my Shepherd”. When I researched, it stated that a shepherd is one who tends and rears his sheep. In John 10:27, we are reminded that God knows us and as his sheep, we must learn to listen to his voice. When we listen to the voice of the Lord, he directs us in the we should go whether it be us helping those in need. When we put our trust in God, we know and believe it in our hearts, that God is working it out for our good. The first line is a promise to us.
Verse 2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters: As I read this line, I was reminded that God wants to give us peace. The word still caught my eyes. When I researched the meaning of still, so many definitions appeared but the one that stood out to me was, “up to and including the present or the time mentioned; even now (or then) as formerly.” The reason being is that it makes it clear that about the present or before. Though we have been through our storms and obstacles, God is present and he never change. He is present in our absence, when we run astray, he is still available. God is a (Peacemaker)
Verse 3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. God is still in the business of restoring everything that the enemy has stolen from us and in our family. He is a God that cares. Many times, we receive things in our lives that we do not deserve. God is faithful. We ought to thank him for everything. God is our (Instructor/Restorer)
Verse 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. Even in the midst of our troubles, darkest hours, God is still there. Every morning, we wake up and leave our houses, we are unaware of the things that will take place but when we learn to commit and surrender our day to Lord, we know that it is well with our soul. For me, this verse reminds me that Christ goes before me and behind me. I am covered by his blood. No weapon formed against me shall prosper. In Psalm 91, we are reminded “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.” God will protect you. Man may plot their schemes but God will not allow it to prevail. God is our (Protector)
Verse 5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. As we are given another day to live, we do not know what the day holds. We wake up ready to do the same thing as the day before but God has something prepared. Sometimes, our day doesn’t go as we have prepared and for many of us, we get upset and question God but we must always remember that God knows best. As we go forth, we can meet someone that God wants us to be a blessing to but when get so caught up in our own plans, we miss out on what God wants to do. He leads in the way we should go when we learn to entrust everything including ourselves to him. Lord have your way in us. God is the (Preparer)
Verse 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. (Restorer/Keeper of Promises). In the final lines of Psalm 23, we are reminded that though it all, God is Faithful and he will replenish us with goodness and his mercy. His promises still remains. God still has a plan for lives. He is always available. God forgives, loves and cares for us.
Thank you for stopping by my blog. Welcome to all the new comers and visitors that stop by my blog. May God continue to bless you and your families. I hope you are blessed and encouraged as you read my blog posts. I’m grateful for every opportunity I am given to share what is on my heart. May God bless and use you also to do great exploits for his Kingdom. Have a blessed week. 🙂