The Classic Psalm 23, We All Know IT, But There Is A Lot Of Deep Truths That Many May Not Know.Another One Of My Commentaries
This is another Psalm from my commentary, they are devotional and exposition and can serve as an instructive , teaching devotion
Psa 23:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psa 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Psa 23:4 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.
Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psa 23:6 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.
Spurgen on the psalms of David:
Vs 1. David had himself been a keeper of sheep, and understood both the needs of the sheep and the many cares of a shepherd. He compares himself to a creature weak, defenceless, and foolish, and he takes God to be his Provider, Preserver, Director, and, indeed, his everything.
There is no “if” nor “but,” nor even “I hope so;” but he says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” We must cultivate the spirit of assured dependence upon our heavenly Father.
The next words are a sort of inference from the first statement - they are sententious and positive - “I shall not want.” I might want otherwise, but when the Lord is my Shepherd he is able to supply my needs, and he is certainly willing to do so, for his heart is full of love, and therefore “I shall not want.” I shall not lack for temporal things. Does he not feed the ravens, and cause the lilies to grow? How, then, can he leave his children to starve?
“As thy day so shall thy strength be.” I may not possess all that I wish for, but “I shall not want.” Others, far wealthier and wiser than I, may want, but I shall not.”
It is not only “I do not want,” but “I shall not want.” Come what may, if famine should devastate the land, or calamity destroy the city, “I shall not want.” Old age with its feebleness shall not bring me any lack, and even death with its gloom shall not find me destitute.
Note : This is a powerful truth, come what may Famine, calamity destroys a city, I shall not want. This is a now word, The coming Famine, destructions of cities yet we are told in all this, we shall not want, we will be provided for, we shall have the supply of daily food and water we need, be it by a supernatural manna and or, provision sets aside, we are not to look to our prepper goods, our food stocks as we are to look to the lord, our only true provider.
A thief may come in and steal, a moth may consume, this can mean, some supplies run out due to expiration, no batteries left, and sooner or later, unless you are a grocery store, your supplies will run out, than what. You shall not want, not want anything, but the goodness and grace of the lord, he will provide when you cannot, he is our source and no one or nothing else.
I have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because “The Lord is my Shepherd.” The wicked always want, but the righteous never; a sinner's heart is far from satisfaction, but a gracious spirit dwells in the palace of content.
Note; another powerful word. Not because we have a bank account, this will soon be gone, or silver and gold, as there will be a day when the famine is so bad, there will be no food or needs to buy , and you can not eat gold or silver many will soon find this out.
When people find out you have gold and silver you are a major target, also in the last depression the Government came and took everyone’s gold, history repeats and this gold confiscation and confiscation of guns will happen again, mark my words,
We may not have skills, many of us are not pro or even somewhat knowledgably about the skills on how to survive, very few have this skill, in the portion we read it matters not, skill, gold, silver none of it, the lord knows what your skills are , he knows what you have, as silver, gold and food, and none of this matters, it's a good thing to have food above gold and silver as there will be nothing to buy, thank the lord he alone knows all and will provide all, for those who are alive and remain.
Vs 2. The Christian life has two elements in it, the contemplative and the active, and both of these are richly provided for.
Note: I have said before, those who are alive after all the stuff hits the fan, must work while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work, so until it is night we are to be active in soul winning and helping others. Contemplations mention, this is where we meditate on the word, study learn and contemplate the gospel truths, and comfort and promises, but we are not monks, we are a royal priesthood, we are to contemplate on the truth of the word, than put what we have been in contemplation on into action, Christianity is action. The N.T. is filled with action words and so w must be ready to take action now and later.
What are these “green pastures” but the Scriptures of truth - always fresh, always rich, and never exhausted?
Sweet and full are the doctrines of the gospel; fit food for souls, as tender grass is natural nutriment for sheep. When by faith we are enabled to find rest in the promises, we are like the sheep that lie down in the midst of the pasture; we find at the same moment both provender and peace, rest and refreshment, serenity and satisfaction. But observe: “He maketh me to lie down.” It is the Lord who graciously enables us to perceive the preciousness of his truth, and to feed upon it. How grateful ought we to be for the power to appropriate the promises!
The divine presence; and though the blessed Spirit may be pouring his floods into one heart, yet he that sitteth next to the favoured one may know nothing of it.
Note; yet another powerful truth. You dear Christian may have the spirit anointing, blessing, miracles, etc while your next door neighbor, or someone sitting at the same table with you will not have it.
The spirit walk is a individual walk, we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. The one who judges himself shall not be Judged, also the one who has a whole hearted prayer and praise life will be daily endued with power from on high, people will see it and want it, many will see it and not want it, so be it.
you can be filled to fullness and well watered by the spirit while the person next to you may be dead, dry, afraid, and in need of your active witness. We can have uninterrupted feasting at the lords table, and the lord will be faithful to fill you fresh every day, even if no one else around is.
Vs. 23 .He restoreth my soul.” When the soul grows sorrowful he revives it; when it is sinful he sanctifies it; when it is weak he strengthens it. “He” does it. His ministers could not do it if he did not. His Word would not avail by itself. “He restoreth my soul.” Are any of us low in grace? Do we feel that our spirituality is at its lowest ebb? He who turns the ebb into the flood can soon restore our soul. Pray to him, then, for the blessing - “Restore thou me, thou Shepherd of my soul!”
The Christian is not obedient to some commandments and neglectful of others; he does not pick and choose, but yields to all.
Some Christians overlook the blessing of sanctification, and yet to a thoroughly renewed heart this is one of the sweetest gifts of the covenant.
Vs 4. The shadow of a dog cannot bite; the shadow of a sword cannot kill; the shadow of death cannot destroy us. Let us not, therefore, be afraid.
You have to love that insight.
The worst evils of life are those, which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the Psalmist was cured of the disease of fearing. “I will fear no evil,” not even the Evil One himself;
Note: How true this is, we have nothing to fear, but fear it's self, that is a great classic saying, but not all true. We have nothing to fear, including fear. We are to fear nothing, not one thing, do we at times fear? Yes, do I, yes, but we gather our composure, settle our souls, pray and stand on the word, and the fear will pass. Fear does more damage than anything we face.
Many persons profess to receive much comfort from the hope that they shall not die. Certainly there will be some who will be “alive and remain” at the coming of the Lord, but is there so very much of advantage in such an escape from death as to make it the object of Christian desire?
Note; at the lords coming, no rapture, yet another orthodox truth and it is everywhere. I spoke on and posted a sermon by Pastor Carter Conlon, If you have not heard it, it is on the recent posts, when we feel the only option is death, or something like that, also I wrote on this, I felt it, and I was delivered of it.
No escapism theology, so many wait for a rapture to take them out of all that is coming, others wish for death so they don't have to face the great trib, if you are one that will be alive and remains, it will be because you were hand picked to be one, if not , you will be promoted to glory, The lord knows what each person can endure and he has a different calling in the coming days for many people, we do not all have the same call. Some that remain will, others will die a fast death, so do not be in fear or worry the lord is in control.
Vs.5. The good man has his enemies. He would not be like his Lord if he had not. If we were without enemies we might fear that we were not the friends of God, for the friendship of the world is enmity to God.
The lord knows I have written much on this, so I will only add, It is true, a true Christian will have enemies, this is a sign and a token you are the real deal, those who do not and are loved by all may be facing eternal death, as you can not please man and God.
To many politicians in the pulpit and not enough who preach truth with the anointing, this does not make you popular or liked, so be it, who are you serving, never look for anyone’s applause, if your a true believer the applause is held off until the day your promoted to glory.
Nothing is hurried, there is no confusion, no disturbance, the enemy is at the door and yet God prepares a table, and the Christian sits down and eats as if everything were in perfect peace. Oh! the peace which Jehovah gives to his people, even in the midst of the most trying circumstances!
This reader is a whole different type of meal than the Passover that was eaten in haste, even while our enemy waits, and is before us, we will feast at this God ordained table and we will not be in a hurry or in fear , due to the shadow of any enemy overlooking our every move.
“Thou anointest my head with oil.” May we live in the daily enjoyment of this blessing, receiving a fresh anointing for every day's duties. Every Christian is a priest, but he cannot execute the priestly office without unction, and hence we must go day by day to God the Holy Ghost, that we may have our heads anointed with oil. A priest without oil misses the chief qualification for his office, and the Christian priest lacks his chief fitness for service when he is devoid of new grace from on high.
“My cup runneth over.” He had not only enough, a cup full, but more than enough, a cup which overflowed.
Too many ministers are professional, but empty, they choose a vocation and not a call, no anointing, no power, just a dead dull service that says nothing with 30 part series on nothingness. Many ministers just went and were not sent, it is sad but true.
I have known many of these over the years. It is not a vocation, for a paycheck, it is a call, and this call requires an anointing, the anointing alone breaks the yokes and nothing else. No anointing, no ministry, just a social gathering preaching a seeker friendly social gospel, so be it. We are and will have this daily anointing every day, fresh, new, powerful and needed.
Vs. 6 “all the days of his life” - the black days as well as the bright days, the days of fasting as well as the days of feasting, the dreary days of winter as well as the bright days of summer. Goodness supplies our needs, and mercy blots out our sins.
This ending statement is powerful and must be fully understood.
There are dark days, storm clouds, bright days, to everything there is a season.
Goodness, the goodness of our good lord supplies our needs. And our lord of mercy daily blots out our sins.
This is the ultimate provision, our salvation. The lord will meet our needs in all seasons of life, even in the valley of the shadow of death we all face. In this study we have looked a little deeper at this grand Psalm, I hope and pray you were instructed, encouraged and have a better understanding of the best known, but most unheeded of all psalms, It is used many times at a funeral, but reader its all about life, activity, no fear, provision, protection and being a true over comer in and by the lord himself. What a blessing the lord’s word is.