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The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23 is very personal.  This is David's testimony, his personal experience with God.  There are no references to "we" or "us" or "they," but only "my" and "me" and "I" and "You."  But what comforts us and helps us is the psalm's confidence. David really believes this about God. We realize as we linger over these words that what David writes is not poetic exaggeration or theoretical theology. He has experienced God in these ways, heard His voice, followed His lead, felt His care and we can, too.

Five enduring truths from Psalm 23.

  • I am never alone.  Psalm 23 reassures us of God's role as a caring shepherd who provides for our physical and spiritual needs. This truth reminds us that we are not alone in our journey; God's abundant provision sustains us.
  • I am never helpless.  The imagery of God leading us in paths of righteousness highlights His guidance in our lives. This truth encourages us to seek God's direction, trusting that He will lead us toward a purposeful and fulfilling life.
  • I am never hopeless.  The psalm's mention of walking through the valley of the shadow of death underscores the reality of difficulties in life. Yet, the truth of God's presence and comfort reminds us that even in our darkest moments, we need not fear, for God is with us.
  • I am never lacking.   The image of a table prepared in the presence of enemies symbolizes God's abundance even in the face of adversity. This truth teaches us that God's blessings overflow and His goodness prevails regardless of external circumstances.
  • I am never wavering.  The final verse of the psalm speaks of dwelling in the house of the Lord forever. This truth offers a perspective beyond this life, reminding us that our relationship with God extends into eternity, bringing hope and assurance.

When the Good Shepherd, Jesus, is the Shepherd of your life, all that David knew to be true is true for you, too.  
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