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Our Psalm for this week is Psalm 23. This is probably one of the best known Psalms throughout history. It’s typically used to bring comfort and encouragement, especially to those who are sick or dying.
I’d like to take a quick walk through the Psalm and notice the things the Lord gives to his people. I’ve extrapolated a little bit, pulling ideas out. In verse 2 God gives us rest, food, and peace. Verse 3 shows restoration, guidance, and purpose. Verse 4 shows confidence even in times of danger. It also shows there is comfort in God’s correction. Verse 5 speaks of the safety which comes from God’s presence. He gives abundant care, not only guarding his people but giving them his anointing and supplying their needs beyond their abiity to contain it.
The New Testament describes Jesus as the good shepherd. As we are led by Jesus we receive all the grace and comfort we need. Are there troubles in our lives? There certainly are. The Psalm speaks of a valley of death and danger. It speaks frankly of enemies being present. But even more so, it speaks of the Lord’s ability to care for his people, no matter what troubles they face.
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