The culture is hostile and weighs us down. And the Lord hears our bleating cry! He restores our souls. He restores our souls by nourishing us with His truth and filling us again with the living water of His Spirit.
In His time, He will take the rod of His promises, His precepts and commands, and prod us to stand up and continue on in the paths of righteousness. It is not a mystery to us what the paths of righteousness demand. The Shepherd has gone before us on these paths—on up to the cross, where He became sin that we might be the righteousness of God in Him 2 Corinthians The Good Shepherd laid down His life for the sheep. Even when the path takes us into the valley of the shadow of death, He is with us and our fear is taken away. He has victoriously walked through that valley before us and sympathetically leads us.
This is deep, soul-restoring comfort found only in the Lord who is our Shepherd. Jonathan Parnell Dec 19, No Thanks. Subscribe Subscribe. Weekly Magazine Daily Dose.
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Popular Tools:. Shabbat Times. Email Subscriptions. More Sites Today is Fri. Jewish Practice. Text of Psalm 23 painted with a symbolic valley in the background, by Alyse Radenovic. What Is Psalm 23? History of This Psalm Rashi teaches us that David composed this psalm while on the run from King Saul , who was intent on murdering him.
He causes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Even as I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You set a table before me in the presence of my adversaries; You anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23 Transliterated Miz-mohr leh-dah-vid, ah-doh-noi roh-ee loh ekh-sar.
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Bin-oht deh-sheh yahr-bee-tzay-nee, ahl may meh-noo-khoht yeh-nah-hah-lay-nee. Nahf-shee yeh-shoh-vayv, yahn-chay-nee veh-mah-geh-lay tzeh-dek leh-mah-ahn sheh-moh. Gahm kee ay-laykh beh-gay tzahl-mah-veht, loh ee-rah rah, kee ah-tah ee-mah-dee, shiv-teh-khah oo-mish-ahn-teh-khah hay-mah yeh-nah-khah-moo-nee. Tah-ah-rohkh leh-fah-nai shool-khahn neh-gehd tzoh-reh-rai, dee-shahn-tah vah-sheh-mehn roh-shee, koh-see reh-vah-yah. Ahkh tohv vah-kheh-sehd yir-deh-foo-nee kohl yeh-may khah-yai, veh-shahv-tee beh-vayt ah-doh-noi leh-oh-rehch yah-mim.
Rashi, Tehillim , others. Midrash Tehillim. Once we lose touch with the meaning of biblical imagery, we lose any way into the real meaning of the Bible.
The resultant malnutrition, even in churches, is all too obvious. Likewise, as an astute observer of how the usage of the twenty-third psalm has changed over the centuries, William L. The great Christian scholar C. Lewis has addressed this same danger in strong and certain terms. He argues convincingly that we will gain little from any of the psalms if we seek to limit their function to a momentary lift of our current mood. Man cannot live by the watery soup of generic devotion alone! He devotes a significant number of pages — indeed whole chapters — to lesser known subjects within the psalter, including surprising and sometimes shocking material on judgment, cursings, death, and connivance.
Ricks: . It meant that it is treason to empower an enemy. Having argued for the value of considering Psalm 23 in its ancient setting and with the help of modern translations, we now turn to an analysis of the psalm itself. The following section will describe Psalm 23 in its larger scriptural context. After that, we will give a detailed verse-by-verse commentary on the psalm. Connectedness with Psalms 22 and In recent decades, several scholars of the Psalms have shifted their attention from a study of the individual psalms to the shape of the book of Psalms as a whole. Figure 4.
Figure 5. The Levites bear the Ark in procession to the Jerusalem temple. The ritual journey of the king.
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Taken as a whole, the unit formed by these three psalms might have provided fitting words for the entrance liturgy that would have been sung in ancient Israel as worshipers in procession, led by the king, ascended the steps to enter the temple mount at Jerusalem. Figure 6. The redemptive journey of the Messiah. Lewis points out that Psalm , one of the richest of the Messianic psalms in its signification, is appointed as the scripture reading for Christmas Day in the Church of England: .