Psalm 23

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The Book of Psalms has been one of the most sacred collection of poems and prayers throughout history. The Psalms have many different themes, the one most familiar is the longing to experience God more intimately, and speak to him in a very honest and genuine way. One the most authentic aspects of Psalms is that they address the whole spectrum of human emotions, from intense emotions of despair to jubilee. The words of Psalm 23 are perhaps some of the most familiar words in scripture. It addresses the fear of mortality and conveys a theme of death but is intended for those who are living . Psalm 23 is versatile and speaks to the masses in different ways such as times of deep regret, joy, or fear.
Psalm 23 begins the passage as, “A Psalm of David” which most would agree is an accurate title. The psalm begins with “The Lord is my shepherd” (v.1) the psalmist, who is believed to be King David, is immediately putting himself as a sheep in the interest of God. This is a very well known passage, so well, that the magnitude of the word’s meanings can easily be lost in translation. The passage has little to do with sheep, rather it focuses on being a shepherd. David states that the Lord God is his personal shepherd, signifying a personal relationship between them reminding the reader that Christianity is not as much a religion, as it is a relationship with God. The shepherd is the provider and protector of his flock, and the sheep are helpless without him. The opening continues with “I shall not want,” providing that as a sheep in the Lord’s care he would lack nothing. The meaning in this passage is not that we wont desire or want anything, rather it means that we wont be left wanting anything and have complete fulfillment with the Lord. At the end of the psalm, David describes the joy he feels of being in a close eternal relationship with God, “Surely goodness and loving…...

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