Things to Remember When You Face the Unknown (Psalm 23)

Psalm 23 is one of the most famous passages of Scripture and is often quoted at funerals. The principles found within this psalm fit any occasion, and I want to highlight these.

  1. The Lord is my Shepherd (v. 1) – This implies that we are sheep (Isaiah 53:6). Although we have gone astray, we have the greatest shepherd (pastor) who is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10).
  2. The Lord is my Provider (v. 1) – “I shall not want” – The name for God Jehovah-Jireh is first found in Genesis 22:14 when God provided a substitute for Isaac. God still provides today (Philippians 4:19).
  3. The Lord is my Rest (v. 2) – “He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.” Jesus fulfills that provision of rest as He extends the invitation to come to Him in Matthew 11:28-30. Hebrews 3 and 4 also highlight this.
  4. The Lord is my Restorer (v. 3) – “He restores my soul.” – Here is the picture of the shepherd who restores his erring, straying sheep. God’s Holy Spirit convicts the erring sheep to come to repentance and find restoration.
  5. The Lord is my Guide (v. 3) – “He leads me.” – God leads us by His Holy Spirit to do right and will never tempt His children to do wrong (James 1:13). His direction is perfect (not easy but perfect).
  6. The Lord is my Comforter (v. 4) – “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” His presence is always with us and in us. We are not alone.
  7. The Lord is my Peacemaker (v. 5) – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” – Scripture says that God can make our enemies to be at peace with us because He is Jehovah Shalom (God our Peace).
  8. The Lord is my Satisfier (v. 5) – “my cup runs over” – The provision at the Lord’s table is open to everyone and is more than enough. He alone is the Bread of Life and the Living Water that can satisfy the soul.
  9. The Lord is my Savior (v. 6) – His goodness and mercy is with us now and will always be.

Take comfort, my friends. The Lord is a very present help. If you find yourself far from Him, He hasn’t moved but you have. Draw near to Him, and He will draw near to you.

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