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.

 

About Dr. Larry Taylor

Radical Anabaptist Jesus Freak Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, husband, father, grandfather

Posted on October 10, 2018, in Bible, Christianity, creation, Prayer and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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