Psalm 23, an annotated version:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.– That’s relationship
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.– That’s rest
He leads me beside still waters.– That’s refreshment
3 He restores my soul.– That’s healing
He leads me in paths of righteousness– That’s guidance
for his name’s sake.– That’s purpose
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,– That’s testing
I will fear no evil,– That’s protection
for you are with me;– That’s faithfulness
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.– That’s discipline
5 You prepare a table before me– That’s hope
in the presence of my enemies;– That’s witness
you anoint my head with oil;– That’s consecration
my cup overflows.– That’s abundance
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,– That’s blessing
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord– That’s security
forever.– That’s eternity
Psalm 23, ESV
We really do live in a world of uncertainty. Anything can happen (and often does) and at times we will struggle. Psalm 23 is something stable that we can latch on. It is a psalm of unparalleled comfort for the turmoil.
It is especially good to those of us who struggle with a suffering or illness. It is a tether for us that holds us in place. For those who fear death it promises us life– forever.
If you’re a broken believer who has issues, I encourage you to memorize this psalm. As you commit it to memory it will instinctively draw you to reality. It will be something the Holy Spirit will use over and over in your life. I have been crippled with fear many times, and this psalm has protected me.
I love the Shepherd of Psalm 23.