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Psalm 23 is a powerful Psalm that is used by many people when they are in distress. It is a psalm they turn to whenever something difficult or even horrible happens in their life. It is a psalm that we can always turn to whether we are going through something or, we can tell someone else about this psalm.

Psalm 23 is also one of the most well-known Bible verses. It reminds us of the fact that God is always with us and always will be. He wants us to take the time and rest assured in His promises. With the way things are in this day and age, it can be very difficult to trust in Him and His plans for your life.

I wanted to dissect each part of this Bible chapter and the verses one by one to give people a better description of it.

Psalm 23 is as follows: The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
When we really let the words sink in, the fact that it says “I lack nothing” should really bring home how blessed we are even in the midst of struggles. The phrase He makes me lie down in green pastures could mean that He allows our souls to rest even through painful times. He allows us to rest every day and to take time for ourselves after a long day or a long struggle.

The phrase He leads me beside still waters means that he can bring rest to our souls because we rest in His promises. He refreshes my soul is literally self-explanatory. He guides me beside still waters, means that He leads us to any quiet place in our minds with him and within our lives no matter the stuff going on.
The phrase he guides me along the right path for His namesake means that He already knows the paths that He has shaped out for our lives. My personal favorite phrase is 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 staff they comfort me. It means that we shouldn’t be afraid even if we are facing our hardest challenges and even when we face death or a life and death situation because God is always with us. We don’t have to fear death itself because He has saved us. The phrase you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies means just what it says, that God can and does prepare a table before us to sit at even in the midst of our enemies and the people we may have problems with. It gives us an opportunity to witness to those people who need God’s love the most in their lives. And even though it may be hard to witness to them and to even be around them, God can make ways where there seems to be no way.
The phrase, you anoint my head with oil, and my cup overflows can be easily confused. It doesn’t mean that He literally anoints our head with oil. It means that He has His hands on you through your life. It also doesn’t mean that because you believe in God you are any better than anyone else. My cup overflows means that God blesses you with anything you could ever want in your life, but it doesn’t mean that He will spoil us and that we can just rub our blessings in other people’s faces saying “hey God loves me so I’m better than you.” The last phrase surely your goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, also speaks for itself. It means that God blesses us each day, but we also have to be aware of where to look and have to be aware of the blessings that are in our lives each day. We can either be aware of the blessings that He gives us and make the most out of every situation, or we can forget how blessed we are and how fortunate we are. We will dwell in the house of the Lord forever when we eventually get to Heaven. We have an amazing blessing to look forward to- eternal life.
This psalm proves that God wants to be there for us always and that He always will be. This psalm proves that God wants to be there for us always and that He always will be. Whenever you feel you need a pick me up, look at how much God proves that He is there for us in this psalm alone.

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