Psalm 23

Psalm 23
By Sinnappan

The Lord as our shepherd & us as His sheep


“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, 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. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

• V1: Provider
• V2: Peace
• V3: Preserver
• V4: Protector
• V5: Portion
• V6: Present

“Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭95:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭31:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Jesus in NT as good, great & chief shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

My: closeness, intimate relationship
Want: need, feel low/deprived
Sheep not just a number bringing income but a personal loving caring relationship
Every single soul is precious

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lie down: resting in peace
Picture of the Lord giving us assurance & comfort
We can trust & depend on Him
Lead sheep not driven

“He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:3 NKJV

Restores: brings back
For the glory of His name
Corrected by Him

“Yea, 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.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Many rocky cliffs in between mountains where robbers & predators would hide
Place where threat up to death is there
God is with me
Standard shepherd equipment: rod (club w rounded knob used as weapon) & staff (walking stick 6ft long with crook bent on 1 end)
Comfort me as used to protect animals & to lift me up when stuck in crevices between rocks

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Feeding of the sheep
Sheep sitting at the table?!
In the presence of enemies?!
But feel safe as God is watching
Oil: cooling when applied on head & strengthens hair; keeps sheep cool
Cup: through keeping water where sheep drink from
Runs over: full & overflowing; no need to worry
Can depend on God to provide what we need

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Lord in His presence is always there
We may not realise God is with us all the time
But He is! Even when we don’t feel that he is near
If there is a sense of separation, it’s because we have withdrawn/drifted from Him
Presence of the Lord – an assurance
Jesus’ divine attribute: omnipresent
God is not far – only 1 prayer away

We should learn to follow, trust & obey Him
Then we can live in peace & confidence
Not in need as He is there
Secret of joy: trusting in God & not on what God provides