Psalm 23

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Chased by the Goodness (Psalm 23:6)

Psalm 23 ends with the idea that, at the end of the day, it is not the dark times, or our enemies that will follow us, but God’s goodness and mercy.

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A Table (Psalm 23:5)

Psalm 23:5 says “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…” This is one of the most encouraging lines in the Psalm. Even in the midst of persecution, even when surrounded by enemies, the Psalmist believes that God will set a table for him. There is something incredible comforting about that imagery. Tables are naturally a place of peace, and joy, they symbolize provision. And the Psalmist believes that even when surrounded by enemies, God can set a table for him there.

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Under the Shadow of Death (Psalm 23:4)

Life is not all green pastures and quiet waters. Psalm 23 acknowledges the difficult times of life. The Psalmist believes that even when he is walking under the shadow of death, he doesn’t have to be afraid, because God is with him.

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The Soul Restorer (Psalm 23:3)

Psalm 23:3 is a promise of restoration and guidance. However, this can only happen when we trust the Shepherd, when we allow Him to reveal the areas in our life that need to be restored. What would it look like for us to open of our lives to Jesus? To allow Him to show our wounds not so He can judge us, but so He can heal us.

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Green Pastures & Quiet Waters (Psalm 23:2)

“He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” (Psalm 23:2). At first read, this verse infuses us with a sense of calm and rest, which is absolutely true. However, there is an even deeper meaning to this verse, that shows how God will always provide just what we need and invites us to trust in Him every day.

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A World of Abundance (Psalm 23:1)

Psalm 23:1 begins with the Psalmist saying that God is his shepherd, and because of that he does not lack anything. The Psalmist has an understanding of God and an understanding of the world God has created that led him to believe that he would always be taken care of. This is the view of the world that Psalm 23 invites us into.