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 restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the 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. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 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. (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)
Psalm 23 is a psalm of confessing joyful in the Lord as the good Shepherd-King. God is our Shepherd because He cares and loves us. In the same time, He is our King. We sometimes take God as King out, because we want Him to be our Friend. Even though He is our Friend, it doesn’t mean He can’t be our Judge. In this psalm, there are two kingship metaphors describe the blessing and security that the Lord provides for His people.
First ones is the Shepherd-King (Psalm 23:1-4). God is our Shepherd. He is watching over us and guiding us. People often said angels are watching over us. This may be true, but angels cannot just watch over us until God directs them to do so. Some of us may so focus on angels, we would leave God out in the equation. Hebrew 1:7-8 says, “And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.”
Even though we need angels, we must ask God to send angels to watch over our little children, family, friends, neighbors, and community. There are two kinds of angels: God’s angels and Satan’s. In Job 1, we see that Satan can enter into God’s council meeting. Throughout the four books of Gospel, we see that demons can control over the people, which are Satan’s angels. If we’d seek angels for guidance without God’s acknowledge, we don’t know which angels we are asking for assistance.
Second points in Psalm 23 is the Host of the banquet (vv. 5, 6). We can celebrate with God over all of our troubles. I like what David wrote in verse 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.” God said in Isaiah 43:2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Do you trust God to walk with you through the valley of the shadow of death? If not, why not stop what you are doing right now and just begin to seek His face. God loves you, but He wants to bring you into His home to celebrate your life and spend eternity with you. He doesn’t want to leave you as orphan, but He wants you as part of His family. Would you like to become His family?
If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.