Thursday, November 4, 2010
Yesterday, as I was reading and pulling verses for my post, once again I was stuck by the depth of Psalm 23. I think because it's well known, I tend to gloss over it, but there is power and truth contained in these six little verses. It's well known for a reason!
I must include a simple disclaimer to let you know that much of the below comes straight from the notes in my Bible. If you don't have a Bible with some good notes, I strongly recommend it. They don't replace the scripture, but often they can be a great resource to enhance it.
So Psalm 23...Psalm 23 shows us that the Lord is the Shepherd of His people.
The Psalm is broken into two parts: The Shepherd (v 1-4) and the Host (5-6). Today we'll jut look at the Shepherd.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want
God is our Shepherd and One who satisfies. In the New Testament, we Jesus representing the good shepherd who gave His life for His sheep (John 10:10)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
God leads us into places of stillness and rest.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
God fulfills our need of daily restoration of the anxious, weary soul.
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.
God's presence is the key to our provision. This amazing thought causes David to change from statements "He"...to spontaneous, heavenward praises--YOU are with me!
The Hebrew word for comfort is "nacham" meaning to comfort, console, extend compassion, sigh with one who is grieving, repent. In this instance, "nacham" is describes a deep empathy, one that "weeps with those who weep." Not only is God with us, but in His comfort and consoling, He is bearing our burdens and weeping with us in the darkest valleys.
No matter how many times we've read this Psalm, this is something I need every single day. Through David's words, we can expect God's shepherding care and trust and know that He will keep us from want, protect us, and restore us. It reflects absolute trust and peaceful confidence in our mighty God.
Stay tuned for verse 5 and 6 tomorrow!
Posted by Elizabeth@LongToLove at 8:26 AM