Psalm 23 Part 2


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A continued look at Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want!

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.

The “valley of the shadow of death” has also been translated “darkest valley.” When sheep enter a dark valley they are scared. It is not a good thing to travel through a dark valley. Way too many dangers can be lurking there.  This could also be talking about the actual reality of the imminence of death to each one of us. Whichever way you decide to think about this, I know that no matter what darkness, whether that is death or even just the darkest of days in my life, I do not have anything to be afraid of! He promises to be with me! I’m not alone, ever!

The mention of a rod and staff do not conjure up warm feelings in me. But to a sheep it represents safety. The shepherd would use his staff to protect not only himself from wild animals but also his sheep. He could also use the staff or rod to direct the sheep if he needed to.  It could also be used as a weapon or a form of discipline if the occasion arose. Thus, the rod and staff “comforting me” means that Jesus will protect me, guide me, discipline me, and keep me safe from harm. I do not need to be afraid of anything because He is with me.

Thou dost prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou hast anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

He has prepared a bountiful feast at His table with a place of honor just for me. Even though I may be surrounded with those that wish me harm the Lord has provided a feast that I can sit at and my enemies,  though they may be all around me, cannot touch me because I am at the Lord’s table! Not only am I at the Lord’s table but He is anointing my head with oil. This was something done to denote great honor and blessing. God is going to meet my needs and bless me no matter what is happening all about me.

Life may be filled with chaos and difficulties but in The Lord’s presence there is a feast that you are invited to attend as an honored guest! He wants to pour out His blessings and favor on you. We all love to be invited to a party. This is the ultimate party and you are the guest of honor! Come to the table and take a seat and let the oil from heaven anoint your head with blessings!

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Oh how this last verse blesses my heart! The goodness and loving-kindness of the Lord will follow me! It will never leave me just as the Lord will never leave me. He is faithful beyond measure and with His faithfulness He promises to shower me with His goodness and His lovingkindness. What a treasure to really embrace this truth.

What a marvelous promise that I will get to dwell in the house of the Lord forever. That is my heart’s desire! To spend not only the days I am given on this earth but all of eternity with God. There is nothing in this life that can compare with that!

The Lord truly is my Shepherd and I shall not want!



  • Angela Rake

    Reply Reply September 20, 2016

    I have never read Psalm 23 taught like this. It really is showing how great God is and His love. How much The Lord is our shepherd in everything.

    • Angie Smuin

      Reply Reply September 21, 2016

      Thank you. He truly is our Shepherd and we can trust Him with everything! What a wonderful truth to embrace!

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