Written by David, Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted and memorized psalms.
It is known by both the saved and unsaved.  For many, their only contact with this psalm
will be when it is sung or read at funerals.  How sad, because this marvelous psalm is
meant to comfort and encourage God’s children each and every day of their lives.  In
only six verses David shares the truth of God’s total provision, guidance, protection,
presence, abundance, and goodness toward us for eternity.
If you have not committed this psalm to memory, do so this week.
When a need arises, remember that as your Shepherd, Jesus has made Himself
responsible for your well-being.  Then keep looking over your shoulder in the days
ahead–goodness and mercy will be following you.
…Marilyn Hickey
PSALM 23  (Amplified)
The Lord is my Shepherd (to feed, guide, and shield me). I shall not lack.  He makes
me lie down in (fresh, tender) green pastures;  He leads me beside the still and restful
waters.  He refreshes and restores my life (my self):  He leads me in the paths of
righteousness (uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it) but
for His sake.  Yes, though I walk through the (deep, sunless) valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod (to protect) and your staff (to guide), they comfort me.  You prepare a table
before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my (brimming)
cup runs over .  Surely or only goodness, mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all
the day of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord (and His
presence) shall be my dwelling place.

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