The 23rd Psalm is a very conversant psalm to every christian as it is taught at homes, in schools and most importantly in churches. The psalm does not only remind us what we ought to possess, it also reminds us that we ought to have faith. As the Psalmist said, the Lord is my shepherd! So important is this great esoteric poem. It’s filled with practical helpful information. This psalm teaches of our great inheritance in the Lord our Shepherd. The psalm is reproduced here that you may avail yourself of the virtue and powers at this particular time of this teaching.
The psalm reads…
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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.
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.
A shepherd is one who takes care of a flock of sheep, or somebody who is responsible for caring for and guiding a group of people. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep”
The first verse reminds us of our relationship with the Lord Almighty. The LORD is my shepherd. It went further to remind us that in this relationship, we are not supposed to lack anything good as they are our inheritance in the Lord. I shall not want. Some versions will put like these, “there is nothing I shall want, there is nothing I shall need, I lack nothing, I have everything I need”, etcetera. All these are saying the same thing. The bases is that “I have everything I need”. The bible never said “some”, get it very well, “there is nothing I shall want”. This is the message, the Lord (my shepherd) provides, supplies and caters for our every need. Be it food, shelter, clothing, good health, wealth, security and what have you. He provides us with everything. Why should we fear?
The second verses teaches of the rest…He maketh me to lie down in green pasture, and refreshment… he leadeth me beside the still waters that the Lord (our shepherd) grants us. Are you tired of toiling every day without enough to show for it? Then you ask yourself, “is the Lord my shepherd”? Then if no? Then cast away the foreign gods. Then if yes, wake up from your slumber and claim what is rightfully yours. The whole thing depends on The LORD is my shepherd. This is what you should comfort yourself with. It is when you make the Lord your shepherd, that you enjoy what is rightfully yours in the Lord. A father gives to his children first, before others. Then when you’ve acknowledged God as your owner, he will lead you besides the still waters to refreshen you and make you to rest where you will not lack good rewards for your labour. Hence you’ll not lack.
The third verse tells of the healing which is yours in the good shepherd …He restoreth my soul. As well as the guidance… he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. Like stated earlier, you will not lack good health, and he will take you to everywhere you need to be and at the right time. You are not going to miss out on anything right. When temptation comes, he will fortify you with all you need to resist it and overcome trials.
Verse four reiterates of his guidance, protection and comfort in our everyday life… 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. whatever you are passing through. Fear Not. When temptations come, when hunger strikes, and when flood rises, when men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person. Job 22:29. Don’t forget He is faithful and has vowed never to leave you… for thou art with me.
In verse five, He shuts up your accusers. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. You may ask, who is my accuser? For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. Rev. 12: 10b. He also consecrates…thou anointest my head with oil; and finally makes sure you don’t lack anything good. He provides you with abundance… my cup runneth over. Have you not been giving to other? Now, start giving them, make them understand that your shepherd is the God of abundance. What others lack, you have in abundance. This is enough reason to be steadfast in Him. say to yourself, “I have abundance”.
The last verse crowns it all. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. This is self-explanatory, in the sense that at all times in the land of the living, blessings shall never depart from you, your academics, your career, your endeavours, your descendants… Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and finally you are secured in Him, your family is secured in Him, your blessings, your career, your going out and coming in is secured, everything about you is secured at all times (forever)… and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Amen
… Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Mat 5:6