Psalm 23 Reading

Psalm 23:1-6

A PSALM OF DAVID.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

A few thoughts for meditation:

1) Do you consciously think about the Lord as your personal shepherd and yourself as his sheep? Do you trust him to provide for your needs and carefully lead you through the many trials that come?

2) David used the covenant name, “LORD” (Yahweh) for God here. In covenant of grace, God voluntarily bound himself and all that he is to you and your salvation. His infinite presence, power, wisdom, righteousness, and goodness etc. are all channeled to support you through the necessary trials of this life and prepare you for glory with him. Does the fact that such a God is always “with you” (whether you feel it or not) fortify you in the face of trouble and adversity? If it doesn’t, then why?

3) Think of dwelling in the house of the Lord “forever” at the end of our journey. What does “forever” mean? How should that fact help our perspective on the troubles we face now?