Studying through the Twenty-third Psalm has brought so many great promises to mind.
Let’s use today to immerse ourselves in conversation with our Great Shepherd. It begins with your prayer and declaration to Him. The italicized portion is His personal response to you.
If you like, you might even call someone and read it together – you taking the first part and your friend taking His portion.
Irregardless of how you experience these words, know they were written just for you. May you faithe Him well as the two of you dialog together.
Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalm 100:3)
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing. (Psalm 23:1; Philippians 4:5-6)
For thus says the Lord God, “I will feed them in a good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down in good grazing ground, and they will feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest,” declarers the Lord God. (Ezekiel 34:14-15)
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. He restores my soul. (Psalm 23:2; Isaiah 40:29-31; Psalm 23:3a)
For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said, ‘In repentance and rest you shall be saved, in quietness and trust is your strength’. (Isaiah 30:15)
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. He led forth His own people like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. My steps have held fast to Thy paths. My feet have not slipped. (Psalm 23:3; Psalm 78:52; Psalm 17:5)
And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left. (Isaiah 30:21)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
(The Lord responds) “With weeping they shall come, and by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, on a straight of waters, on a straight path in which they shall not stumble; For I am a father to Israel.” (Jeremiah 31:9)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; (Psalm 23:5a)
(The Lord declares) For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds …, Because they have called you an outcast, saying: ‘It is Zion, no one cares for her.’ He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’ (Jeremiah 30:17; John 7:38)
(Wow!) My cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5b)
In His shade I took great delight and sat down, and His fruit was sweet to my taste. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Draw me after you and let us run together. The king has brought me into His chambers. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house, Thy holy temple. (Song of Songs 2:3b; Psalm 23:6b; Song of Songs 1:4; Psalm 65:4)
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. (Revelation 22:17)
How did He speak to you today?