Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd
I have everything that I need.”  vs1(NLT)

 

These were the words of my morning reading.  I didn’t get much farther than this for awhile – the first few reads.  Something in these few words spoke to me strongly so that I couldn’t continue; spoke simply but loudly about trust.

 

“I have everything that I need.” 

 

Being a sheep, I don’t have to create my own pastures.  I don’t even have to find the pasture by myself.  The shepherd, The Good Shepherd, will lead me to places where I will find everything I need to sustain me and help me grow strong.  I simply need to follow.  Neither my work nor my efforts to find my own way will get me there. 

 

Jesus said something very similar when he used the metaphor of the field flowers.  The wild flowers are nourished and clothed in splendour by God their creator.  We can be sure that God will care for his human creations as well.

 

The 23rd Psalm for me stirs memories in me of death or the waiting time with someone who is close to death.  I guess this particular Psalm is used then because it is so comforting.  But I think it is really a Psalm for living. 

 

“Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me

All the days of my life

And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”  vs 6

 

 

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  1. Linea, I’ve been going over Psalm 23 this week as well. I really like what you say about how this is a psalm for living, even though we often associate it with death or the waiting time with someone close to death. As I was examining the Psalm it was pointed out that this was probably the first Psalm David may have written (while still a shepherder). That being so, it would have formed his thinking for his life to come more than for the end of life!!