Psalm 23 Devotional
by: Steve Clement
Psalm 23 Verse 0ne
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Personal! Personal! Personal! That’s what Christianity is.
When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep
follow him, for they know his voice.
God wants you close enough to guide you. God wants every part of your
life wrapped up in His love.
Some of the terrain God takes us through is rough, but the end result,
if we allow Him to guide us, teach us and shepherd us, is completeness.
And you are complete in Him, who is the Head of all principality and
I shall not want:
If we learn to hunger and thirst after Christ we won’t need to hunger
and thirst after other things.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
shall be satisfied.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in
glory in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 23 verse two
He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
God knows the places and purposes that are just right for you; places
and purposes that will bring fulfillment and joy. Christ Jesus, your
shepherd, knows how to get you there. Develop an ear to hear and courage
to follow, step by step, so you can enjoy the green pastures He has
prepared for you.
The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may
know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he
awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.
The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the
heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit
searches everything, even the depths of God.
Peace is a very valuable commodity. God can give it.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you
were called in one body. And be thankful.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he
trusts in you.
For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and
the hills before you shall break forth into singing and all the trees of
the field shall clap their hands.
Psalm 23 verse three
He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his
The shades of meaning in the word restore are:
Return to the way it should be
Pull in again
To give back something lost to the owner
To put back in place i.e.: a king to his position of authority
Thank God He has everything we need to restore us, refresh us and to
pull us into the way of righteousness; the path of living right before
God by grace.
We can be restored to our place of authority in Christ over all the
schemes of the devil to perturb, perplex and destroy our walk with and
position in Christ.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing
I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore
comfort to him and his mourners
O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these is the life of my
spirit. Oh restore me to health and make me live!
Behold, it was for my welfare that I had great bitterness; but in love
you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have
cast all my sins behind your back.
For Sheol does not thank you; death does not praise you; those who go
down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness.
The living, the living, he thanks you, as I do this day; the father
makes known to the children your faithfulness.
The LORD will save me, and we will play my music on stringed instruments
all the days of our lives, at the house of the LORD.
The width and depth of our restoration is in direct proportion to our
hunger for the righteousness of God and our crying out to Him. The word
“cry” in the bible contains the following in its meaning.
To call out deeply and sometimes loudly
To earnestly pray, desiring and needing an answer
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they
shall be satisfied.
When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of
all their troubles.
Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that
God is for me.
Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to
Once we have seen the restoring work of God’s righteousness in our own
lives we can be used as an instrument of righteousness for His names
sake to bring restoration to others.
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness,
but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death
to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are
spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on
yourself, lest you too be tempted.
Psalm 23 verse four
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort
This whole world is under the shadow of death. Our sins and the devils
influence have cast a shadow of spiritual death and darkness over
everything; that’s why we need a savior. That’s why Christ is called the
light of the world.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following
the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in
the sons of disobedience
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may
not remain in darkness.
I have light to see, strength to endure and a life giving faith filled
hope in God so no matter the valley, no matter the pull of temptation,
no matter the war in my soul and no matter the snare, I don’t need to be
stuck but rather I walk through. My sojourn through this world, although
there are valleys (some longer than others), can be victorious.
1 Peter 2:11
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the
passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who
has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore,
confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Fear no evil, He is with you:
I’ve heard it said “oh that’s not real it’s just an imagined fear”. Well
there’s no such thing as an imagined fear. The root of the fear may be
based in shadows not reality, but the fear it produces is real. Cry out
to God and allow Him to bring the light of life to those roots of fear
in you. Keep cutting those roots with the word of God called the sword
of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17.
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is
the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not! Behold,
your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will
come and save you."
2 Timothy 1:7
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has
to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
Your Rod, Your Staff, Your Comfort:
The shepherd’s rod is used to guide the flock by easy nudges or if
needed for real stubborn sheep to actually take the legs out from under
them in order to teach it not to wander into danger. The rod is also
used to pull a sheep out from thicket or up out of pits. Another use of
the shepherd’s rod is to ward off enemies of the sheep. If we allow our
shepherd Jesus to use His rod, which are His word and the Holy Spirit,
in our lives then it will bring us to a place of comfort.
The shepherd’s staff is like a walking stick. It’s used to balance and
steady the step on rough terrain, up hills and down hills. The staff can
be leaned on for stability. The staff is a picture of Jesus bringing
balance, steadiness, stability and comfort in our walk with Him.
Psalm 23 Verse Five
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint
my head with oil; my cup overflows.
As we walk this Christian walk we do have enemies trying to thwart,
derail and confuse us. The devil has many ways to accomplish this, some
are as follows:
Deception – Revelation 12:9
Robs – John 10:10
Hinders – 1 Thessalonians 2:18
Accuses – Revelation 12:10
Ensnares – 2 Timothy 2:26
Lies – John 8:44
Temps – Matthew 4:3
Plus we have other people’s and our own sinful nature to contend with.
But thank God we have a table. At this table is a generous feast of all
God has prepared for us; life giving, freedom producing never ending
truths. Free will always gives us a choice of what we will partake of,
life and blessings or death and curses.
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set
before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life,
that you and your offspring may live
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory
by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so
that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful
Yes God does want to shepherd you to a place of closeness with Him; a
place of blessings.
Anointing a head with oil in those days was a sign of honor and favor.
It was something done for a very distinguished guest. [Judges 9:9, Psalm
92:10, Luke 7:38, 46] It was done at festive occasions as an indication
of prosperity and rejoicing. Here in verse 5 of Psalm 23 it states God
anoints our heads with oil. It shows us what He thinks of us.
Yes God does want our cups (all of who we are) to run over, overflow and
abound with this new life we now can enjoy with Jesus.
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried
out, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, 'Out of his heart
will flow rivers of living water.'"
So Jesus again said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door
of the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not
listen to them.
I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in
and out and find pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may
have life and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the
Psalm 23 Verse Six
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I
shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
The mercy of God keeps the door open for the goodness of God in our
The word mercy is very similar to the word grace. It means God’s
compassion to us even when we deserve punishment. Mercy and grace gives
us free access to the unfailing steadfast love of God to us. We can
never do enough to earn it, it’s a free gift, we can only be smart
enough to receive it.
Mercy, grace and goodness are things God is rich in and He is always
ready to share with us in order to keep our walk with Him abounding in
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our
trespasses, according to the riches of his grace
Romans 2:4 (English standard version)
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and
patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to
Romans 2:4 (contemporary English version)
You surely don't think much of God's wonderful goodness or of his
patience and willingness to put up with you. Don't you know that the
reason God is good to you is because he wants you to turn to him?
God’s goodness to our souls can be experienced in valleys, mountaintops,
ups and downs; anywhere, all the time; this we can be certain of without
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of
Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those
who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight
of the children of mankind!
2 Corinthians 1:3 says:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
mercies and God of all comfort
Our heavenly Father knows we need mercy everyday because it’s His mercy
that enables us to draw close and stay close to Him.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him."
The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
In accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior we have been placed into an
eternal position with Christ. We have been placed into the kingdom of
God, a kingdom that will never go away, never be overthrown and never
diminish; it lasts forever! Forever and ever! Eternal! These are mind
boggling concepts, but it’s really real. God is real! Heaven is real!
You living forever in heaven is real! This all made possible for us by
the mercy, grace and goodness of God to us.
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be
shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence
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