Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Reflection -The Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)



The Lord as a shepherd providing Love, protection and care to his sheep
PHOTO: The Lord as a shepherd providing Love, protection and care to his sheep
Christians specifically interpret the Lord to be Jesus, who frequently portrayed himself as the Good Shepherd in the New Testament.
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Psalm 23, A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.



The 23rd Psalm begins, "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." The Psalm continues with five more verses, all of which speak of the Lord's love, care and protection for His sheep.


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
PHOTO: "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing." Psalm 23 continues with five more verses, all of which speak of the Lord's love, care and protection for His sheep.
Painting by Greg Olsen, Lost no more, Never Alone
Jesus Christ, The Good Shepherd, IN THE WORLD, NOT OF THE WORLD by Greg Olsen
Posted by Helena Lehman on Sunday, 02 February 2014 at 2:57 AM

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The second and third verses say, "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." These verses also speak to God's provision for His sheep.



. . . He leads me beside the still waters. He refreshes my soul; . . .
PHOTO: ". . . He leads me beside the still waters. He refreshes my soul; . . ." These verses also speak to God's provision for His sheep.
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The fourth verse says, "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." A shepherd's rod and staff are used to keep the sheep from straying too far away from the shepherd, as well as to fight off predators.



Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
PHOTO: "Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." A shepherd's rod and staff are used to keep the sheep from straying too far away from the shepherd, as well as to fight off predators.
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The fifth verse says, "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows." This verse again speaks to the Lord's provision, and to the safety to be found in His presence.



You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; . . .


PHOTO: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; . . . " This verse again speaks to the Lord's provision, and to the safety to be found in His presence.
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Finally, the sixth verse states, "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." This verse also speaks of the Lord's provision for His sheep, but this time the reader is told that this provision will last forever.



Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
PHOTO: "Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." This verse also speaks of the Lord's provision for His sheep, but this time the reader is told that this provision will last forever.
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Traditional interpretations of
Psalm 23 in the Old Testament focus on the imagery of the Lord as a shepherd providing protection and care to his people. Christians specifically interpret the Lord to be Jesus, who frequently portrayed himself as the Good Shepherd in the New Testament.


Christians specifically interpret the Lord to be Jesus, who frequently portrayed himself as the Good Shepherd in the New Testament.
PHOTO: Christians specifically interpret the Lord to be Jesus, who frequently portrayed himself as the Good Shepherd in the New Testament.
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Tradition ascribes (credits) authorship of Psalm 23 to King David, who was a shepherd himself and was familiar with the job's duties and tools. The psalm begins by picturing the Lord leading the psalmist to green pastures and still waters, symbols of rest, comfort and peace.


Tradition ascribes (credits) authorship of Psalm 23 to King David, who was a shepherd himself and was familiar with the job's duties and tools.
PHOTO: Tradition ascribes (credits) authorship of Psalm 23 to King David, who was a shepherd himself and was familiar with the job's duties and tools.
Picture posted by GoodSalt Inc - David Playing His Harp
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The psalmist then walks through a valley of death but fears no evil, picturing life as a dangerous journey in which the Lord provides protection and comfort with his rod and staff. These tools were used to guide and rescue sheep rather than to punish them and thus symbolize the shepherd's watchful and ever-present care.



The psalmist then walks through a valley of death but fears no evil, picturing life as a dangerous journey in which the Lord provides protection and comfort.
PHOTO: The psalmist then walks through a valley of death but fears no evil, picturing life as a dangerous journey in which the Lord provides protection and comfort.
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The final part of the psalm describes the psalmist being led to a banquet table and anointed with oil, a symbol of blessing and honor. The presence of the enemies refers to the ultimate triumph of the psalmist in the face of hostility and adversity. All interpretations of this psalm emphasize the hope and rejoicing in the final words as the psalmist expresses his confidence that he will dwell in "the house of the Lord" all the days of his life.



The presence of the enemies refers to the ultimate triumph of the psalmist in the face of hostility and adversity.
PHOTO: The presence of the enemies refers to the ultimate triumph of the psalmist in the face of hostility and adversity. All interpretations of this psalm emphasize the hope and rejoicing in the final words as the psalmist expresses his confidence that he will dwell in "the house of the Lord" all the days of his life.
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Dear Lord, we pray that even though we walk through the darkest valley, we will fear no evil, for You are with us; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort us.
PHOTO: "Dear Lord, we pray that even though we walk through the darkest valley, we will fear no evil, for You are with us; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort us. May Your goodness and love follow us all the days of our life, and we dwell in the house of the Lord forever as in Psalm 23."
Picture posted by HEAVENLY SECRET on 3 September 2010 - David was preoccupied with the place that God had put him. His daily attention to God’s voice is the secret of David’s spiritual progress.
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