The twenty-third Psalm is one of the most beautiful pieces of literature ever written. But even more striking than its literary beauty are the promises of God contained in this song of David. Promises about God’s provision, rest, protection, guidance, and love abound. But there is one condition to receiving all these promises -- “Is the Lord YOUR shepherd?”
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