We often get ourselves into trouble when we go wandering away from our Good Shepherd, Jesus. But for all that, here is spread a table in the wilderness, made ready by invisible hands; and the grim-eyed foe is held back in the leash till the servant of God has fed and been strengthened. To sit as a guest at the table of a host was to be assured of food, housing, fellowship and protection. Now I understand that David meant that since he had the Lord as his shepherd, he had no other want; he was lacking nothing. We still live external lives, out in the world, and we are subject to desires that arise in those externals, in our bodily lives.
Now it Is more than work-it is conflict. The answer is almost too simple to believe: in order to enjoy the benefits of the care of the Good Shepherd we must be one of His sheep. This seems to be the point of the key terms in each line. Yea, though I through the the , I will no evil: for thou art with me; thy and thy they me. We should not understand David to mean that with God as his shepherd he had everything one could possibly desire or possess; this would be as wrong as to think that Israel never did without anything while in the wilderness cf.
But the rod and staff represent truth from the Lord on both external and internal levels, ideas that can defend us against those desires. Those that would be satisfied with the fatness of Gods house must keep close to the duties of it. So thank you tkhk 3746 for reminding me of that and the importance of Psalm 23 and how we should share it to comfort all who are both Suffering and Grieving to remind them Gods Glory is forever, seek your peace in that. After I'd said that a couple of times, I realized that's the 23rd Psalm. They are well guided, well led. It does not say I must struggle to make ends meet. You may encourage yourself or others with the Word and verify these comments, respecting God and His plan for each of us.
That name therefore shall still be my strong tower, and shall assure me that he who has led me, and fed me, all my life long, will not leave me at last. Try to really sell the bad stuff. How confidently he counts upon the continuance of Gods favours,. But it is not mainly of outward blessings that the Psalmist is thinking. In contrast with the wicked man, who is beset by judgment and calamity Ps. Let us learn that God Himself never fails us, never leaves us, and never will forsake us. God nourished me spiritually the way my human friends were not able to.
How can we make God our Lord? The underlying idea here is that the Lord created us so that He could love us, in loving us wants us to be happy, knows that our greatest happiness will come from being conjoined to Him in heaven, and Himself wants nothing more than to be conjoined to us. God cares for us individually, but He also cares for us through others. It may well be, however, that David is simply looking forward to continued fellowship and communion with God as he has already experienced it in his life. He had said , I shall not want; but now he speaks more positively, more comprehensively: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. Nay, some think he still looks upon himself as a sheep, but such a one as the poor mans ewe-lamb , that did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom; not only thus nobly, but thus tenderly, are the children of God looked after. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
He is the protector of the sheep as they wander in search of grazing land. Phillip Keller has written a book on Psalm 23 entitled A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, which has many helpful insights. There are some distracted souls who would give worlds if they could but do this. Then, have a volunteer read Psalm 23:1. All our blessings of every sort are indeed given us for our delight. The Israelites, in particular, were known as shepherds cf.
I shall not want for spirituals, I know that his grace will be sufficient for me. While God may not always use His power to keep us out of trials, His presence and His power will always be with us to keep us through our trials. If David penned this psalm before his coming to the crown, though destined to it, he had as much reason to fear wanting as any man. I read it daily realizing that this verse really is your reward in heaven. Kushner spoke to Beliefnet about the psalm's unique power to provide comfort. While this message does not dwell on this area of application, allow me to suggest that Psalm 23 not only describes the Good Shepherd, but also good shepherding. The use of the word mercy is interesting.
Satan and wicked men are not able to destroy their comforts, while they are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and drink of the cup of salvation which is ever full. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Let us see this psalm not only as a superb text on the Shepherd, but as a model for all shepherds. However as Keller points out, the vantage point of the psalm is from the perspective of the sheep, not that of the shepherd. The Guest and the Hospitable Host 23:5-6 5 Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. Our Shepherd also leads us in the right way. I shall not want, to wit, any thing which is really necessary for me, either for this life or for the next.
It was an effort to change my mind away from total despair, negativity and fear. God Protects Us 4Yea, 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. Then we serve a good Master. But while he was being treated from Hospice, the medicine started not to work because of the other medicine he was taking was making it not work, so they had to transfer him to the Hospice house, which hurt us because he wanted to be at home when he passed but we all understood, so they could give him stronger medicine. Often tragedies like September 11th or the death of a family member make people lose faith in God. Additionally, we will explore new ways in which the truth of this psalm can be applied to our lives.
Now that I'm 70 I still believe in God, but not the same God. He experiences the benefit of Gods presence with him and care of him now, and therefore expects the benefit of them when he most needs it. The reign of afflictions is ordinarily measured by days. With Him we need nothing else cf. In our context the two senses evidently interact, so that the retrieving or reviving of the sheep pictures the deeper renewal of the man of God, spiritually perverse or ailing as he may be. Joy in God is the strength of work for God, but work for God is the perpetuation of joy in God.