Psalm 23

April 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He takes me to lush pastures, He leads me to refreshing water.
He restores my strength. He leads me down the right paths
for the sake of His reputation.
Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff reassure me.
You prepare a feast before me in plain sight of my enemies.
You refresh my head with oil; my cup is completely full.
Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue** me all my days,
and I will live in the Lord’s house for the rest of my life.

Psalm 23 [NET Bible]

**NET Bible note on ‘pursue’: “This verb is often used to describe the hostile actions of enemies. One might expect the psalmist’s enemies (see v. 5) to chase him, but ironically God’s “goodness and faithfulness” (which are personified and stand by metonymy for God himself) pursue him instead. The word “pursue” is used outside of its normal context in an ironic manner and creates a unique, but pleasant word picture of God’s favor (or a kind God) “chasing down” the one whom he loves.”

This Week’s Special
Your word is a lamp to walk by,
and a light to illumine my path.

Psalm 119:105 [NET Bible]

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