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Psalm 23 – Bible Study (part one)
A shepherd’s psalm.
Verse one: The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
David wrote this Psalm. This is one of my favourite Scriptures (although, I do have many!). Most people, even those who not a Christian will have heard of this psalm at some point.
The LORD is my Shepherd: Let’s break this down to get a better understanding of this text.
The LORD: here spelt in capital letters refers to the Great I AM, Yahweh, the Almighty, El-Shaddai. This means the God who was, the God who is, and the God who is to come. In other words, the God who is always present, He never changes, and He is always remains the same. Sometimes people think that God has changed but it’s us who change as God remains the same (Malachi 3:6 & Hebrew 13:8).
Is: Present tense. God is: He is always with those who have a relationship with Him, He never leaves us alone Heb 13:5, Duet 31:6 & 8, and He will help us – always. He is the ever-present one, which means that we can talk to Him at any moment because His ears are inclined towards His people and He is always ready to help us in our greatest need.
My: is in the present tense too. This shows that David had a personal relationship with God because he uses a personal endearment. When something belongs to us, especially children, we say things like its mine. We can also say my, I often say my Jesus, because I have a personal relationship with Him. It refers to intimacy with our God, we can know Him personally through His word and by prayer – this is something that sets our God apart from other gods.
Shepherd: Of all the phrases to choose David says Shepherd. David of course was a shepherd so this would relate to him in a personal way, which I spoke about in a former blog post. David knew the responsibilities of being a shepherd. The shepherd protects the sheep from anything that may harm them, either intentionally or unintentionally.
The shepherd also looks after the sheep, he grooms them, washes them, makes sure they are not injured, stops them from wondering off on their own, and feeds them. The shepherd is connected to his sheep in a way that an employee would not be.
Jesus speaks about how the hired hand doesn’t care for the sheep because he gets paid regardless but the shepherd will protect them with his life because he bought them, he loves them, and wants them to prosper.
One of the names of God is: Jehova-Rohi, which means the Lord is my Shepherd. God tenderly cares for us.
I shall not want: This speaks about God providing for our every need: spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical. It’s quite a positive and bold statement, I shall not, so David knew without question, that God would provide for his needs.
There are numerous scriptures that speak about God providing for His people. When God tested Abraham’s willingness to serve Him, God provided a ram for the offering. When God led His people out of slavery, He made the bitter waters sweet so the people could drink it. Jesus provided for a multitude of people when He fed the five thousand, the four thousand, the temple tax money, the wedding at Cana, the list goes on…
God has proven Himself time and time again that He not only hears but answers the prayers of His people. He provides for our every need as we put our hope and trust in Him. What do you have need of? Ask of God and He will gladly provide for you abundantly.
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