Verse 1 of Psalm 23 states “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” He will provide for our needs, and he will protect us from eternal death. He gives us all of our hope and our future. When we allow the Lord to be our shepherd, he will help us be satisfied with our needs. We won’t need anything else. It is easy for us to covet what other people have, or to covet the skills and talents of other people. We have to learn to be satisfied with the unique abilities the Lord has given to us.
When we follow the shepherd, he leads us to a path of righteousness. Verse 3 of Psalm 23 states “he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. ” It is clear that David recognizes the relationship between following Christ and righteousness. As we draw closer and closer to Christ, the path to righteousness becomes easier.
Verse 4 of Psalm 23 is perfect for those people going through difficult moments. Whether you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, or you are going through a divorce, we do not have to fear evil when we are in the Lord. Verse 5 talks about God preparing a table for his people in the presence of enemies, and to me this means that there is a place for us to be even in the midst of a sinful world. You might not work with Christians, but you may be called to witness to the people you work with on a daily basis.
Psalm 23 gives a hope to suffering Christians. When we get saved, the Lord becomes our shepherd, and we become his sheep. We don’t need to worry about what the future holds, as our shepherd will direct our path if we let him.
Study Psalm 23 to get a fresh perspective on this famous passage of Scripture.