Psalm 23: A Model for Living!

Psalm 23 is no doubt the most well-known Psalm from the Bible. But I’m going to ask us to set aside our familiarity with it for a few minutes, and to consider it with a fresh perspective as a model for living.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23 NIV)

David, the author of this Psalm, was a man with very diverse and broad experiences in life. He was well acquainted with suffering, trials and grief; but also with great joys and victories. He found his purpose and strength in God. In this Psalm, David gives us a model for living.

In these few short verses, David portrays an overview of life’s experiences: from “green pastures” and “quiet waters;” to the “valley of the shadow of death,” where our fears play havoc with our minds; to the very “presence of our enemies” and all that would ruin us and destroy us.

The whole gamut of life is neatly packaged in this short Psalm. Butthere is one constant that David calls our attention to in every phase of life: the providing, quieting, restoring, guiding, comforting, and loving presence of the Lord!

To underscore the significance of God’s presence and work in our lives, David tells us the values by which he modeled his life. Over the next few posts, I’ll reveal those four values.

© 2012 Rob Fischer