Famous Bible Quotes: "The Lord is my shepherd..." Psalm 23

For this section of Famous Bible Quotes, See text below for an simple explanation of this classic passage.

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 lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23

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King David was a shepherd from his youth, therefore he knew what it meant to care for these creatures. Sheep are dumb and need constant care. It was surely in the tough job of shepherding that David learned that as his own sheep needed constant care from him, he also needed the constant, watchful, nourishing presence of his own Lord.


The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Because the Lord is his guide, leader, and provider for all matters physical, spiritual, and otherwise, he will not be lacking in any area of need.

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.

He will in fact, lead me to places where I can be sustained and find rest

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

He will bring healing to my innermost heart, He will lead me from there on paths that are right and good in His ever-capable eyes, He will do this for the sake of His own character, because that is who He is consistently.

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.

Even in the darkest of paths, when the most prominent of evil exists in my life, my fears are calmed because of the very capable presence of the One who is there with me, disciplining me when I leave for a path that is bad for me and Him, guiding me while His staff rests upon my in an assuring way.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

Even when enemies approach, and in fact surround, I am still cared for in the sense of all the sustenance I need, and more, for He liberally cares, so much so that He is more than I need.

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

I am so confident in the character of my Lord that His grace and mercy will pursue me for as long as I am alive, and He will in fact secure His presence with me forever

 

 

For this section of famous Bible quotes, this is a simple explanation of this passage and is not meant to be a technical commentary. For a book length explanation of this passage the Guide recommends the highly encouraging A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller.

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