Psalm 23 is one of the most famous biblical passages. We see in the homes of both Christians and non-Christians a picture with the Bible open in Psalm 23. But do these people know the great meaning of this psalm? Sometimes we have things that we do not know their meaning, it is the same as Moses when God gives him a rod, Moses did not know what he had in his hands. In the same way, it is good that we learn the great meaning of this Psalm so that we may understand how wonderful is our God.
Let’s read this powerful Psalm 23:
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
4 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.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord Forever.
Undoubtedly, the most mentioned and known part of this chapter is the first verse: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want..” The first affirmation that David makes in this glorious first verse is that The Lord is his shepherd, we ask ourselves: What is the work of a pastor? This David says in the lower part of verse three: “He leads me in paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” The work of a pastor is to guide the sheep, to take care of them, and David is speaking to us that the Lord is our shepherd, takes care of us and guides us in the right place, even though we walk half disoriented.
The second powerful affirmation that we see in the first verse is: ” I shall not want.”. This second part of the first verse of Psalm 23 leads us to place our trust in the Lord our Shepherd. Therefore, as servants of Christ we must trust more in that he gave his only Son to die on the cross, which at the moment of being crucified did not say “I will not die for this wicked world”, but said “My father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. “
This beautiful Psalm continues telling us “He makes me to lie down in green pastures”. Here he is telling us that no matter what is presented before us He will be there to help us get up in difficult times, in moments of anguish, that in those moments He will take care of us.
In verse number four he also expresses to us the great security that we must have in that pastor:
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.
It does not matter in the situation in which we find ourselves, no matter how dark the valley, no matter the danger, why? Because on our side is our Shepherd and in those moments He will guide us through the best path. In difficult times we must believe that God will help us to continue trusting in Him, believing in His promises that are faithful and true and that never fail, and that if God promises, He fulfills above all that He wants to lift, as He tells us. The final verse of Psalm 23:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
When I read this wonderful reading, I rejoice to read this beautiful word spoken by the psalmist David.
Here we leave you with this beautiful reflection of Psalm 23, let us trust that God will always be by our side in our moments of weakness, in moments of anguish, in times of difficulties, because He is our Shepherd.