Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd

(6 verses, :36 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • This chapter is, perhaps, the most popular in the Scripture, the beautiful picture of the Lord as a caring and faithful shepherd for us, His sheep.


  • There are a few things to notice in the structure of this Psalm that show, even more, its beauty.
    • First, there are two major images through the Psalm: 1-4: The Lord is our shepherd. 5-6: The Lord takes care of us peacefully in the midst of violence.
    • Second, overlapping this, is another structural element. 1-3 is a sermon, 4-5 is a prayer, 6 is a final sermon.
    • Third, the verses get longer as the Psalm progresses, as the blessings of God’s are expounded.
    • This interweaving of image and person and lengthy is uniquely beautiful.


  • The image of our Lord as our Shepherd comes to its fullness with Jesus (John 10), who is the Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep!


  • The Psalm is full of comfort. Soak it in!
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-Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller

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