How To Understand Psalm 23

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How To Understand Psalm 23, is to give you a broader perspective on this common chapter of the book of Psalms in the Holy Bible. Many have recited it at home, church, school or seen actors recite it in movies. Well, there is a difference between reciting it and truly understanding it. Read below to find out more.

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PSALM 23 (NLT)

  1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I have all that I need.
  2. He lets me rest in green meadows; He leads me beside peaceful streams.
  3. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.
  4. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for You are close beside me. Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
  5. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
  6. Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.
    Psalm 23:1-6.

Let us ask some basic questions to truly understand.

What is God’s Responsibility in Psalm 23?

  1. God is my Shepherd.
  2. He provides me all that I need.
  3. God lets me rest in green meadows.
  4. He leads me beside peaceful streams.
  5. He renews my strength.
  6. He guides me along the right paths.
  7. God is close beside me.
  8. His rod and staff protect and comfort me.
  9. God prepares a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
  10. He honors me by anointing my head with oil.
  11. He makes my cup (life) overflows with blessings.
  12. God makes His goodness and unfailing love to pursue me all the days of my life.

From the twelve (12) points, which are extracted from the verses of Psalm 23 above. We are able to determine the responsibilities of God.

Now let us see our responsibilities.

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What is your responsibility in Psalm 23?

  1. Even when I walk through the darkest valley (e.g. persecutions, trials, hatred, etc), I will not be afraid.
  2. I will live in God’s house (His presence through studying and meditating on His Word, prayer and fellowshipping with Him) forever.

You have only two (2) major responsibilities.
1. Not to be afraid and 2. Live in God’s house forever.
Compare it with God’s responsibilities above. That is what our true Father in heaven will do for his children on earth if only we will trust and obey Him.

Ponder and Answer the questions below.

  1. What is the root of most of your fears?
  2. How does Psalm 23 help?
  3. Why did God take up such responsibilities?
  4. When did God take up such responsibilities towards you?
  5. Who enjoys God’s responsibilities?
  6. Where do God’s responsibilities occur?
  7. What is my response toward God’s responsibilities?

I hope you learned something new from the above and I believe you have understood Psalm 23 very well.
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