Psalm 23 A Shepherds Tale

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I found some commentary that changes the view that most people have of this Psalm

Submitted: April 10, 2016

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Psalm 23A Shepherds Tale

This Psalm is used for many types of occasions with many kinds of interpretations given for the various verses.

It is used a lot a funerals to try and convey that the deceased followed the Lord and is not afraid of death, that he will lead the deceased to a better place. It is also used when people are in a rough spot in life and need to find some comfort that God is still in their life.

Part 1

Mizmor by David

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He gives me repose in green meadows.

He leads me beside still waters to revive my spirit.

The first three verses show us that David is looking back into his early life and seeing Hashem as his Shepherd and he will lack for nothing.

He finds God brings him to lush pastures in the mornings and evenings when the air is pleasant.

In verse two he says God brings him to shelters to rest near grassy meadows in the heat of the day.

David finds that he is led to still waters when he is thirsty instead of the rushing waters of a large stream or river.

Part 2

In the middle part of the Psalm David and foreign affairs to conduct has moved from being a boy with only the responsibilities of a shepherd to being King with many enemies and foreign affairs to conduct. He personally thanks Hashem for his not being led into sinful and self- destructive behaviour. He is also thanking Hashem for his guidance through this more complex time in his life.

He guides me on the right path, for that is his nature.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no harm, for you are with me.

Your staff and Your rod comfort me.

 

 

 

Part 3

In the last two segments of this Psalm we see David being very humble and acting as a shepherd again.  He is thang Hashem for the blessings of success even though he never sought to gain the crown through willful pursuit. He repeating the plea that he act righteously in all his dealings and for spiritual serenity as in his youth.

You prepare a banquet for me in the presence of my foes

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and kindness shall be my portion all the days of my life.

And I shall dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

 

 

 

 

 


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