The Meaning of Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is probably one of the most widely quoted verses of Old Testament Scripture.  Recently, I received this nice email that has explained what the Psalm means and I thought I would share it with you.  You, of course, are free to agree or disagree with the explanation, but hopefully, it will be of benefit to someone.  🙂

The Lord is my shepherd (Relationship)

(relationship: connection, bond, association, mutual dealing)

I shall not be in want (Supply)

(supply: to furnish what is lacking, to satisfy, to provide)

He makes me lie down in green pastures (Rest)

(rest: relief or freedom from what wearies, troubles or disturbs; a refreshing ease or quiet)

He leads me beside quiet waters (Refreshment)

(refreshment: to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc, ; to revive, to be restorative.)

He restores my soul (Healing)

(healing: to mend, to cure, to gain health; to make whole and healthy; to be free from ailments).

He guides me in paths of righteousness (Guidance)

(guidance: leadership, direction, advice, supervised council)

For his names sake (Purpose)

(purpose: the reason for which something exists; an intended or desired result; end; aim; goal. )

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Testing)

(testing: to determine the quality of something; the means by which the presence, quality, or genuineness of anything is determined; )

I will fear no evil (Protection)

(protection: to defend, shelter or guard from attack; )

For you are with me (Faithfulness)

(faithfulness: steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant;, reliable; true to one’s word.)

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me (Discipline)

(discipline: to train to act in accordance with a set of rules; to develop a set of skills; to improve or correct behavior by training.)

You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies (Hope)

(hope: a confident expectation; a trusting expectation of a favorable outcome).

You anoint my head with oil (Consecration)

(consecration: to dedicate to a sacred purpose; to set apart for a holy use.)

My cup overflows (Abundance)

(abundance: a great or plentiful amount; an overflowing or over sufficient amount).

Surely goodness and love will follow me for all of my days (Blessing)

(blessing: God’s favor to a person; God’s approval)

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord (Security)

(security: to be free from danger or injury; to be free from harm.)

Forever (Eternity)

(eternity: a limitless, time, without interruption.)