From The Heart: A Look at Psalm 23

From The Heart: A Look at Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is part of a trilogy of Psalms that calls attention to the person and work of Jesus Christ, specifically to His role as shepherd.

Psalm 22 highlights the fact that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who is crushed for His sheep. Because of His love, He willingly lays down His life for theirs. It begins with one of the last words Jesus spoke from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” The Psalm graphically describes the suffering He endured because of His great love for us.

Just after that, Psalm 23 speaks of Jesus as the Great Shepherd who cares for those who are His. Jesus not only provides for our greatest need, our redemption and forgiveness of sins, but He provides for our every need as we depend and rely on Him. Consider what the Apostle Paul said in Romans:

32 He did not even spare his own Son but offered him up for us all. How will he not also with him grant us everything?  (Romans 8:32, CSB)

Psalm 24 pictures Jesus as the Chief Shepherd who will come for His sheep. One day Jesus will come again! The One who was crushed for our redemption, the One who constantly cares for us and sustains us by His grace will return.

Peter says in 1 Peter 5:4, “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

Probably the most recited passage in all of Scripture is Psalm 23. It was probably written by David when he was an older man looking back and recounting the faithfulness of God. He was a shepherd, so he likens the Lord to a shepherd caring for His sheep.

Because God is our shepherd, we have no lack and we can be assured of His constant provision and protection. According to 23:1, our faithful shepherd can be trusted to meet our every need.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have what I need. (Psalm 23:1, CSB)

David goes on to say that we can rely upon Him to provide refreshment (23:2), rest (23:2), renewal and restoration (23:3). He protects us (23:4) and will provide for us in this life (23:5) and in the life to come (23:6).

A growing disciple should learn to rely upon God, being totally dependent on Him and rest in the Lord, abiding in Him. My prayer for you is that you realize His faithfulness in every area of your life.

 

 

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.