There was a time when Psalm 23 (KJV) was committed to memory by Sunday school classes of children–sometimes by public school classes of children. Even today, it may be the most well-known Psalm. It’s chock full of assurance, safety, comfort, faith, trust, encouragement, and joy. It would be a challenge to find another passage of scripture packed with so much substance.
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 forever.
Some have said that Psalm 23 sounds like something from the New Testament. Others have said that it’s like the Lord’s Prayer in that it succinctly covers everything that needs to be covered in a prayer or meditation. Tomorrow, we’ll take another look at this revered psalm.