The 23rd Psalm has been a favorite of people throughout history. When we read through it, we understand why. It is beautifully composed and it uses illustrations that draw for us a glorious image of a caring and loving God and a lost and helpless humanity.
This is what the Bible does best. It delivers the Word of God to men and women in need of strength and help. It encourages, teaches, strengthens, lifts up and delivers in a powerful and meaningful way.
This small chapter of the Bible is the greatest piece of literature that has ever been written. It is 3000 years old yet more people know it, recognize it and treasure it than any work that has ever been penned.
For the next several days, I will take us through this scripture line by line. I originally did this series in 2016 but I resolved to share this every couple of years. We will learn about every thought expressed by King David in this incredible piece of poetry. But, On this first day, let’s just read the Psalm:
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul;
“He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
Tomorrow we will take a closer look.