The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; he leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever and ever.
Meaning of Psalm 23
The Author of this Psalm is David, who figures in the story of the biblein the books of the Prophet Samuel and as an author in the book of Psalms. He is also considered one of the great rulers of Israel and thus an emblematic figure in modern Zionism.
In the first two verses the author makes an analogy of our God with a good shepherd, who cares for and protects his flock of sheep in an exhaustive way, guiding them on the right path, always avoiding dangerous or risky places that deviate or derail the flock, always providing the necessary food so that they are satisfied and have well-being. In this way God also takes care of his sheep, which in this case are represented by all the faithful who seek protection and spiritual nourishment to grant emotional well-being, spiritual strengthas well as the union among the faithful.
Sheep that go astray and do not remain under your care run all kinds of risks. They can fall into rocky places and get injured or they can be attacked by wolves. When a sheep is separated from the herd, it is because it has wandered away from the shepherd, leaving it susceptible to the onslaught of wolves or enemies. The enemy can attack a person who has turned away from the word of God, from the prayerof faith, the obedience and to meet with other brothers and sisters. Jesus is our good shepherd, who has given his life for our good and protection. A family that prays in unity, a marriage who prays for his own relationship and for his children, is a force that unleashes the presence of the Lord. We must also take care as parents that our children are under the influence of God so that they are not exposed to being influenced by bad company that will lead them away from God's plan.
The expression "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want."Jesus represents the way, the door that opens to find what is necessary for our whole being. Jesus is the door that allows us access to that place of peace, rest, spiritual and material nourishment. God is our integral provider, He knows all our needs, both physical and spiritual. And focusing on Him, in prayer, is what God has made for us as His children.
When to pray this beautiful Psalm?
Many times in our length As we go through life, we find ourselves lost, without a north, with no one to help us guide our steps, we feel ignored, that we do not fit in society. If you personally feel that feeling of loneliness both physical and spiritual, I recommend you to entrust yourself to God with all faith and devotion, raise your hands to heaven and ask God to guide you, to take you by the hand and help you walk along the right path, ask him with faith to take care of you, to feed your heart with kindness, humility, generosity, but above all with much prayer; finally pray this beautiful psalm of David.
If you have a sick relative in danger of death, pray the 23rd Psalm with him, or in his company. And let the strength of these words be the guide towards the marvelous path that God has prepared for us.
If you are a person who has acted improperly or you have a family member who is deprived of freedomDo not hesitate to give this beautiful psalm as a gift, to guide their steps again towards the path of love, well-being, that path that leads the flock always towards the necessary nourishment for the soul.
How to Pray this Psalm?
Many times it happens to us that we want to pray, but we do not find the way to do it, we are not clear what to do or what to say. The Bible helps us with the "Father Our"This prayer is known as the model prayer of our Father. Within the Our Father we observe some elements that are important and must be present in our way of praying.
We should always be in peace, in a place where our breathing, our mind and our body are in tune, always with a humble attitude of praise and worship, always recognizing the greatness of our Almighty God, expressing our trust in him. Afterwards we make our petitions always keeping in mind that we are people who make mistakes, but that with humility we pray that he will grant us the sorry and the joy of our petitions. At this time we pray the 23rd Psalm, with deep concentration on this reading and always affirming that God is our Protector and our Father who always listens to us. We end with adoration to God, recognizing that he alone deserves all the glory and all the honor, that eternity is in his hands.