Psalm 23 – a Psalm for the living

Posted on October 14, 2014 · Posted in Worldview

Life has many dark valleys.  The ebola threat looms more ominous each day. ISIS, our borders, financial uncertainty, gender confusion, blatant disregard for God, all of these concerns are the fuel for the 24/7 news cycle. But none of these have caught God by surprise. His son rules with wisdom, power and grace. 

The Holy Spirit inspired David to pen the 23rd Psalm for everyday life. This psalm speaks of reality as God sees it.  We truly have no need of worry. In the presences of all of our enemies our God has spread before us a table filled with his merciful and gracious provision. 

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

    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.

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.

You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me

    all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord


Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.