Thoughts on the 23rd Psalm ~ Fr. Terry Elkington
Everybody knows Psalm 23. I’ve been reciting that psalm since I was in primary school. I only began to truly understand it recently. So I decided to read it and not just recite it. I’m reading it and then I begin to understand the meaning of those words.
Vs 1: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want (KJV). NIV says: The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. This means I [will] have everything I need.
Vs 2 & 3: He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. (NIV) He will give me peace. He will lead me to the right places. I will get to where He wants me. He will help me do the right things.
Vs 4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. (KJV) Even when I get into trouble, When I’m ever in a bad situation, when I face trials and tribulations, I will not be afraid because He is with me. I find comfort and stability in His discipline.
Vs 5 & 6: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (KJV) I will not be put to shame. My enemies will not laugh at me. I will be lifted up above those who hate me. I am anointed by God; hence no harm shall befall me. His love, goodness, mercy and favour shall follow me everywhere I go and everyday of my life and I will be in His house/presence always.
It’s amazing how we never see what is right in front of us.
It’s also amazing how we just read our Bibles and know memory verses but don’t take time out to understand what we have read.