The Twenty-Third Psalm
A Psalm of the Shepherd,
by the shepherd
Probably like you, I have read and recited David’s psalm many times. It is only recently as I asked the Holy Spirit to take me deeper into this beautiful prayer, that I have seen its timeless beauty, felt new life in its words, and understood the expansiveness of its meaning.
1The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
3He leads me in right paths
for His name’s sake.
4Even 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.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
The more I read His Word, the more I see and share His love with this online church, this community of doubters, strugglers and believers. As I do, the more I understand and experience His powerful and everlasting grace and love. God welcomes us with open arms.
He loves us for who we are, not what we do. Unlike the rest of the world, He loves us without the necessity of performance. His love depends upon His compassion. It has nothing to do with what others think about us, or how we feel about ourselves.
Over the next six weeks, my hope is you will join me on this journey. My prayer is your heart will open to how deep and high and wide and strong God’s grace and love is for you. My desire is for you to experience wonder and joy in the exploration of each verse. My expectation is you will see this lovely psalm in a rich, new way.
Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, accompanied by Sarah Masen, put this Psalm to music, called The House of God, Forever.
It captures the mood beautifully. Enjoy.
Until next week.
Posted on July 4, 2014, in On Christianity and tagged anoint, christianity, forever, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jon Foreman, life, Lord, love, mindseat, prayer, Psalm, Shepherd. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.