Faith Column: Psalm 23 revisited
Almost everyone has heard Psalm 23 one or more times in their life. You may even have it memorized, but have you ever realized what it tells us about God and his love? It was written by David, the second king of Israel. He was the youngest son in his family, and, before becoming king, was given the job of caring for his father’s flock of sheep.
That meant he had to keep wolves and other predators away from the flock and lead them from one safe pasture to another. It seems he also spent some of his time reflecting on the God of his father Jacob (and his grandfather Isaac, and great-grandfather Abraham).
Psalm 23 is David’s God-story: a statement of how David knew the God of his fathers was his God, and what he saw his God doing for him. I don’t know who wrote the following “commentary” on the psalm (the only author I’ve found is “anonymous”), but s/he understands what David meant by each phrase:
The Lord is my Shepherd (that’s relationship)
I shall not want (that’s provision).
He makes me lie down in green pastures (that’s rest)
He leads me beside still waters (that’s refreshing)
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)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (that’s testing)
I will fear no evil, for You are with me (that’s faithfulness)
Your rod and Your staff comfort me (that’s discipline)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies (that’s protection)
You anoint my head with oil (that’s being devoted to God)
My cup runs over (that’s abundance)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life (that’s blessing)
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord (that’s security)
Forever. (That’s always)
You might think because he was chosen to be a king of Israel David was “someone special to God” and that’s why he saw God the way he did — you would be right but, you and I are equally special to him. In God’s “economy” being king is not more important than being a receptionist, a business owner, a bank teller, a clerk in a store, a welder, or a mom or dad. Why? Because the God who formed us in our mothers’ wombs and planned our days (Psalm 139 verses 13 to 16) gave us skills, talents and abilities perfect for the life work (not just a job) He created us for. His goal is for each of us to know him the way David did. Do you have a relationship with him? Can you see his provision for you day by day? Have you experienced his refreshing, his guidance, his faithfulness when life is really hard?
If so — share your “God story” with someone. If not — it’s never too late to begin a relationship with him. Call or come to the Pregnancy & Family Center, we’d love to talk with you about it.
Vicki Van Couvering is the executive director of Moffat County Pregnancy & Family Center.Vicki Van Couvering is the executive director of Moffat County Pregnancy & Family Center.Vicki Van Couvering is the executive director of Moffat County Pregnancy & Family Center.
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