A Morning Prayer. - The idea of Jesus as the Good Shepherd was precious to early Christians. One of the principal tasks of a shepherd is guidance. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. (Kidner). Overwhelmingly, the idea behind God's role as shepherd is a loving care and concern. The Gospels Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Hebrews 13:20 speaks of Jesus as that great Shepherd of the sheep, and 1 Peter 2:25 calls Jesus the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls and 1 Peter 5:4 calls Jesus the Chief Shepherd. i. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible represents any difficult experience of life that makes us afraid, and that includes death. Just as when great princes go abroad they must not go unattended, so it is with the believer." i. Prophets Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. One of the greatest lessons we learn from Psalm 23 is that every person who belongs to God’s flock (by trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior) is individually cared for as one of God’s sheep. Is God in Complete Control of Everything? We must understand that sheep are not the smartest animals; they need someone to guide, protect, correct and take care of them. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. To lie down in green pastures: The shepherd also knew the good places to make his sheep rest. For His name's sake. We do not have to struggle to make ends meet. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Today’s article is a Bible study on Psalm 23, also called the. My cup runs over. . For those who believe in Jesus and the good news of all he has done for us, Psalm 23 is a treasure trove of incredible riches. iv. Wisdom Literature This line is especially suggestive when we read this Psalm with an eye towards Jesus, the Great Shepherd. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. May God bless you and keep up the spirit of sharing the Word of God with the World. This reminds us of Jesus who said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). How did Psalm 23 … (Trapp). Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me Cookie Notice: The New Testament The adequate provision of lush pastureland to which the shepherd has led his sheep will cause them to lie down and rest. 1. Significantly, it is at the dangerous moment pictured in the Psalm that the "He" of Psalm 23:1-3 changes to "You." Obstructions are removed; they are strengthened, to walk and run in the paths of God's commandments." No matter his present environment, David could look to the fact of God's shepherd-like presence and know, "You are with me" and "I will fear no evil.". Blue Letter Bible is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thanks for stopping by and raising the issue about some Bible translations or revisions replacing the word “forever” with “as long as I live” because I am not actually aware of it. Johannine Writings But the Bible says that God has provided us with everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever: The Psalm ends with the calmest assurance that he would enjoy the presence of the LORD forever - both in his days on this earth and beyond. all the questions. (Baker, cited in Spurgeon). This is the most powerful line in this psalm. Historical Books NO LACK OF PHYSICAL NECESSITIES (1-2) 1. "While I am here I will be a child at home with my God; the whole world shall be his house to me; and when I ascend into the upper chamber I shall not change my company, nor even change the house; I shall only go to dwell in the upper storey of the house of the Lord for ever." -------------------- 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. i. Historical Books c.In the paths of righteousness: The leadership of the shepherd did not only comfort and restore the sheep; he also guides him into righteousness. Spurgeon wrote, "I like to recall the fact that this Psalm was written by David, probably when he was a king. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 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. a. It is a blunt and frank statement of affirmation. And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Your email address will not be published. Pentateuch - Ecclesiastes 12:11 speaks of the words of the wise, which are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. The Hebrew word for rod (shaybet) here seems to simply mean "a stick" with a variety of applications. (Kidner), ii. A psalm of David. Pauline Epistles Your email address will not be published. But when their stomachs are full they will find a quiet place and lie down. d. For His name's sake: The shepherd guides the sheep with an overarching view to the credit and glory of the shepherd's own name. Share what Psalm 23 means to you. We might say that the shepherd's presence did not eliminate the presence of evil, but certainly the fear of evil. Prophets Major Prophets He leads me: The shepherd was a guide. In the same way that David has experienced God’s abundant grace and fellowship, we too can enjoy the tremendous grace of God throughout all our days. Will God ever heal me? 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. There are other references to this analogy between the deity and his followers in ancient Middle Eastern cultures. Has there been a particular time in your life when this psalm came to your mind? Do you know that it is almost impossible to make sheep lie down while they are hungry? How should you respond? Your experience with God can never be vital until it’s personal. For David, God desired to lead him down the paths of uprightness during his reign as king and enable him to win his battles in order to possess the land God has promised to them. -------------------- This means that Jesus is adequate for our every need. Wisdom Literature iv. In it, David, the shepherd-King, shows that… Contentment comes from experiencing all that our Good Shepherd has provided for us. Because they are social animals they will not lie down if there is friction among the sheep. The header media looks good, the title text is also good looking. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. The image of still waters is rich with a sense of comfort, care and rest. You, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit are priority in interpretation. God was like a shepherd to David, and David was like a sheep to God. David found comfort and security in the thought that God cared for him like a shepherd cares for his sheep. General Epistles Pauline Epistles For You are with me; Psalm 17. He does not say, 'The Lord is the shepherd of the world at large, and leadeth forth the multitude as his flock,' but 'The Lord is my shepherd;' if he be a Shepherd to no one else, he is a Shepherd to me; he cares for me, watches over me, and preserves me." The anointing of oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and it also pictures the anointing of the believers as kings and priests someday (Revelation 19:9). Because they are timid they will not lie down if they are afraid. 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. forever.” and replaced it with “. (Spurgeon). Notice that it says, “He makes me to lie down …,” it implies that the sheep don’t always know what it needs and what is best for itself; it needs help from the 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 Minor Prophets Johannine Writings Psalm 23 written by David is used many times at funerals. "They are thenceforth led in 'the path of righteousness'; in the way of holy obedience. The image of still waters is rich with a sense of comfort, care and rest. The sheep didn't need to know where the green pastures or still waters were; all he needed to know was where the shepherd was. "Those that have this happiness must carry their cup upright, and see that it overflows into their poor brethren's emptier vessels." Psalm 15. 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. Do you know the Lord as personal Shepherd as David did? The Old Testament Even in a fearful place, the presence of the shepherd banished the fear of evil. Major Prophets amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1414359810,141855037X,0310517826,0310286700"; This is the most powerful line in this psalm. David did not worry about nor fear this valley as he entered it. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point c. You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over: Despite the dangers about and the presence of enemies, David enjoyed the richness of his host's goodness. It is well to know, as certainly as David did, that we are the sheep and God is our Shepherd. Ministers have used it to comfort people who are going through severe personal trials, suffering illness, or dying. Minor Prophets You must not relinquish this to a commentator. It brings to … (Kidner), ii. (Psa 23:5) Blessing in the presence of danger. 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. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Anyway, I will look into this and share with you what I will discover. iii. The Gospels -------------------- You prepare a table before me: Without departing from the previous picture of the valley of the shadow of death, David envisioned the provision and goodness given by the LORD as a host, inviting David to a rich table prepared for him. David recognized that even when following the LORD as a shepherd, one may still go through some dark and difficult times. i. 1. Pentateuch The goodness and care suggested by the prepared table is set right in the midst of the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23 | 2 PART 1 | MY SAVVY SHEPHERD VIDEO Click to Watch KEY PASSAGE(S) Psalm 23:1 DESCRIPTION Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and beloved passages in the entire Bible. THE SHEPHERD'S PROVISION (23:1-3) A. Table here suggests bounty and blessings even in the presence of danger or of those forces that oppose you. The Gospels Yet when following the LORD as shepherd, one may still walk through the valley of the shadow of death. 1. Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. With flutes. 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? 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. . Like a good shepherd, the Lord Jesus gives Himself to us, and therefore, we really lack nothing. It's remarkable that the LORD would call Himself our shepherd. "In the Old Testament world, to eat and drink at someone's table created a bond of mutual loyalty, and could be the culminated token of a covenant…So to be God's guest is to be more than a acquaintance, invited for a day. The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, (See also Ezekiel 34:15.) indicating an ongoing relationship. God was like a shepherd to David, and David was like a sheep to God. Pauline Epistles Psalm 12. As David thought about God and his relationship with Him, he made the analogy of a shepherd and his sheep. "It may picture the straying sheep brought back, as in Isaiah 49:5, or perhaps Psalm 60:1 (Hebrew 60:3), which use the same verb, whose intransitive sense is often 'repent' or 'be converted' (eg. In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Archived Questions. Although the presence of the LORD does not eliminate fear and the presence of evil, it certainly banishes the fear of evil. The Old Testament ii. 2. "The loveliest image afforded by the natural world, is here represented to the imagination; that of a flock, feeding in verdant meadows, and reposing, in quietness, by the rivers of water, running gently through them." Psalm 23 (NKJV) “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. -------------------- Poetical Books It is to live with Him." Other items you'll need: You’ll need a Bible, a notebook and something to write with. Just as parents are evaluated by the way they care for their children, shepherds are judged by the condition of their flock. - It is a valley of the shadow of death; not facing the substance of death itself, but the shadow of death, casting its dark, fearful outline across David's path. 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. If a family needed a shepherd, it was always the youngest son, like David, who got this unpleasant assignment….Jehovah has chosen to be our shepherd, David says. You anoint my head with oil; In the same way, the LORD not only equips believers to become effective in their ministry; He also anoints them with oil. Psalm 23 is one of my favorites among the psalms; I’m sure many Christians feel the same way about it. i. What does it mean that my help comes from the Lord (Psalm 121:2)? "Mercy is the covenant-word rendered 'steadfast love' elsewhere…Together with goodness it suggests the steady kindness and support that one can count on in the family or between firm friends." The phrase. I shall not want. 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. "I shall not want" means, "All my needs are supplied by the LORD, my shepherd.". Maclaren writes: "The rod and the staff seem to be two names for one instrument, which was used both to beat off predatory animals and to direct the sheep.". To have God as our Shepherd is to have everything we need. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a and so many more! -------------------- A cup that is running over could be a symbol of abundance, not only in terms of physical provisions but also of spiritual blessings. Goodness and mercy or loving-kindness are probably the two most comforting attributes of God’s character for the Christian. 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." All that a sheep need is a good shepherd since a good shepherd by his very nature will always supply all the sheep’s needs. You may be joining , Trusting God for a Better Tomorrow late in the year or have missed some questions. v. Spurgeon said that before a man can truly say, "the LORD is my shepherd" he must first feel himself to be a sheep by nature, "for he cannot know that God is his Shepherd unless he feels in himself that he has the nature of a sheep." Major Prophets He restores it to its original purity, that was now grown foul and black with sin; for also, what good were it to have 'green' pastures and a black soul!" It has sung courage to the army of the disappointed. He must relate to a sheep in its foolishness, its dependency, and in the warped nature of its will. Why Should Christians Celebrate Christmas? This instrument (or instruments) of guidance was a comfort to David. (Spurgeon), ii. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear … Recommended Resource: A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller. Most account it to be a Psalm of David's maturity, but with vivid remembrance of his youth as a shepherd. He knew who his Shepherd was and he knew what He w… 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? (Meyer), iii. Which may be considered either as … Psalm 3. Some one has said that when there is a shadow there must be light somewhere, and so there is. A good follow-up to this psalm is Psalm 100, which expresses the praise we should render to God as His people and the sheep of His pasture. God’s Faithfulness / Psalm 146. i. b. Our Response / Psalm 138. Discussion Questions for Psalm 23 If you have this psalm committed to memory (even if it’s just a few lines), do you remember where you first heard it? It has remanded to their dungeon more felon thoughts, more black doubts, more thieving sorrows, than there are sands on the sea-shore. Explore the depths of God's compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. i. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. The Majesty of the Shepherd: \"for His name sake\". (Psa 23:1) A declaration and its immediate result. The Good Shepherd's name is judged by the behavior, condition and welfare of His sheep. The LORD our Shepherd also has His rod and staff which He uses to protect, guide or at times push us on the right path. Please do come by again for more inspirational messages and commentaries. 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. amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; David knows that in the dark valley, God is not before him but beside him leading the way and calming his fears. -------------------- I visited your website and immediately I got impressed by the mere appearance of the page. This table doesn’t necessarily refer to a piece of furniture used by humans. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. "It has an inexpressibly delightful application to the dying; but it is for the living, too…The words are not in the future tense, and therefore are not reserved for a distant moment." Psalm 7. (Psa 23:3) Where the Shepherd leads and why. We too need a shepherd, the Lord Jesus, who loves, guides, protects, corrects and cares for us. Minor Prophets DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. In the same way, a good father will provide for his child’s every need. The Hebrew word for staff (mishaynaw) seems to speak of "a support" in the sense of a walking stick. b. In this study it is my desire that we learn in depth about how we can yield to our Shepherd and follow Him as He desires for us to follow. Most account it to be a Psalm of David's maturity, but with vivid remembrance of his youth as a shepherd. amzn_assoc_linkid = "33495677f72c1698794a3f56809ea89c"; 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. He leads me in the paths of righteousness c. I will fear no evil: Despite every dark association with the idea of the valley of the shadow of death, under the care of the LORD his shepherd, David could resolutely say this. Previously David wrote of green pastures and still waters and paths of righteousness. Rest comes because the shepherd has dealt with fear, friction, flies, and famine. Thank you for registering. Are you allowing God to continually fill you with His Holy Spirit? i. i. (Clarke). "We are well escorted, with a Shepherd in front and these twin angels behind!" 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. Historical Books We have been forgiven of our sins and we were given the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk with Him. "David uses the most comprehensive and intimate metaphor yet encountered in the Psalms, preferring usually the more distant 'king' or 'deliverer', or the impersonal 'rock', 'shield', etc. (Trapp). Luke-Acts We can rest in the promise of Jesus, our Good Shepherd, to take care of us. He said, "I shall not want" both as a declaration and as a decision. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Thank you so much for visiting and thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot coming from a fellow believer in the Lord. He makes me to lie down in green pastures 3.
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