Daily Devotional Friday 3rd April 2020

by William Moody

Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23:1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
  He leads me beside still waters.1
    He restores my soul.
  He leads me in paths of righteousness2
    for his name’s sake.
  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,3
    I will 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 anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
  Surely4 goodness and mercy5 shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
  and I shall dwell6 in the house of the LORD
    forever.7

Footnotes

[1] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest
[2] 23:3 Or in right paths
[3] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness
[4] 23:6 Or Only
[5] 23:6 Or steadfast love
[6] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell
[7] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days

(ESV)

In this the most famous of all Psalms, we see how Christ wonderfully provides in all situations of life like a good shepherd.

Christ provides food, peace and refreshment for His people (v2). All the resources we need are in Christ.

Christ brings healing to the soul and directs the person in a new life of obedience (v3). Christ provides for our physical needs but He is even more concerned for our spiritual needs.

In a time of death, Christ protects and leads His sheep with both strength and gentleness (v4). The rod and staff were two sticks a shepherd carried, one was like a crook to guide and the other was like a club to protect from wild animals.

In days of opposition, Christ brings food and refreshment again (v5). Often in days of great trials, God’s greatest blessing comes to His people.

The goodness and mercy of God will never end but last for eternity (v6).

The challenge though lies in the opening words of this Psalm. Can you truly call the Lord ‘my shepherd’? Have you so embraced Christ?

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