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Psalm 23

Like many, I have always loved Psalm 23. It is popular for good reason, and I love the poetry of the Elizabethan English.

 

Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV):

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

I pray Psalm 23 daily, slowly, meditating on it something like this:

 

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

  • The Lord, YHWH, creator of heaven and earth, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, true and living God, Master, King, Abba-Poppa
  • YHWH guides me, directs me, cares for me, protects me, is my shepherd.
  • Therefore, I want for nothing.

 

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

  • I rest in warm, lush, green pastures of grace, basking in God’s love.
  • I drink long and often from deep, pure, cold springs of living water.

 

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

  • God restores, repairs, renovates my sin-damaged soul.
  • God leads me to practice justice on behalf of the oppressed
  • This enhances His reputation

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

  • The valley – a place of peacefulness, beauty, flowers, gentle streams, wildlife, long shadows and cool breezes.
  • Death, for the believer, is but a shadow – it cannot hurt us.
  • To have a shadow, there must be light behind it.
  • Death is simply a transition into God’s living light.

 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

  • The tableland, the plateau of lush vegetation is available. Enemies, demonic forces, surround, but cannot touch or harm me.
  • The oil of the Holy Spirit, God’s anointing for healing and service, rests upon me.
  • Like Joseph whose boughs bore abundant fruit, hanging down outside the garden to provide sustenance for all, so my cup overflows with God’s trinitarian love – an abundance of love for all with whom I have contact.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

  • My life is filled with goodness and mercy.
  • I dwell in God’s house now.
  • I live in fellowship with the living God
  • Nothing will ever separate me from Him.

 

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