This blog intends to promote the simple reading and explanation of Scripture. "Man shall not live by bread alone..." This means that there is more to living life than eating, working and sleeping. "but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God." God's word provides the nutrients we need to live a purposeful and obedient life. Verse for Today intends to feed this need.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Verse for Today - Psalm 23:1-3
"The Lordis my shepherd;
I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake."
There's something to be said for beautiful simplicity. Psalm 23 is probably one of the most widely known and memorized Psalms. What do we learn from these three verses?
1. God Almighty is like a shepherd to us. What do shepherds do? They lead the sheep where they go. They keep them safe from natural dangers and wily predators.
2. The Psalmist is speaking of his relationship to and dependence upon the Lord. On the basis of this relationship he affirms that all that he needs has been supplied. The first verse is really a look back over life. The Lord has taken care of me in the past, and on this he trusts in what the Lord will provide in the future.
3. The references to green pastures and quiet waters indicate the supply of needs. They refresh his soul.
4. The Psalmist trusts the Shepherd completely. He trusts that the Shepherd knows what he's doing... and more... He recognizes that the Shepherd has a vested interest in the sheep. He provides, cares for and protects the sheep... "For His name's sake." God has identified himself with His people.
If then in OT times, how much more now that Christ has come and His Spirit given to indwell his people. Amen?