We should not understand David to mean that with God as his shepherd he had everything one could possibly desire or possess; this would be as wrong as to think that Israel never did without anything while in the wilderness cf. The ark was back home! Verse 4 gives us yet another reason why God can be relied on to guide His sheep. We just need to cooperate. Death is a king of terrors, but not to the sheep of Christ. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
It should be the subject of grateful admiration that the great God allows himself to be compared to anything which will set forth his great love and care for his own people. It may be the result of misfortune; it may come from reasoning overmuch; it may be the dizziness of the imagination. Their ways may lie in the valley where death lurks, and they may constantly be under its shadow, but they do not need to be afraid, for the Lord of life is with them. A dreadful valley--for it belongs to death. This used to bother me until one day it dawned on me. He fell, broke his neck and died. See these people saved from the brink of disaster singing Jehoshaphat's 48th Psalm.
Through the years when I have been bereaved, I have taken refuge in Psalms 9 and 10. Others, again, and perhaps with greater simplicity of interpretation, have found the idea of dark shadow, impenetrable gloom cast by some overhanging object which shuts out all light. The work of righteousness in peace. They entered into it only occasionally and seldom sang it. Now the lamb cannot stray; he must stay close to the fold and to the shepherd. The Israelites, in particular, were known as shepherds cf.
The singer sings his way into the valley that he had predicted for himself. It is, after all, quite easy to wish to serve God because of the great blessings that come from currying favor with the divine realm, but it is another thing entirely to face the darker side of yearning for God and accept that there will be enormous challenges as a result of choosing to life a life in God. The Story Behind the Psalm The father is talking to his son. If God be for us, who can be against us? Their views of moral conduct are then too often superficial. The pilgrim and his progress.
The line sort of wakes one up from the dead and says you can have it all, at least what you need, when you elect to have God run your life. The Way It Was Used by God's People This was one of the Psalms that the Jews used when they were discouraged. And then he slowly took his last breath and went home to be with Jesus. So many of God's choicest servants have endured heartaches and been through the fire. Sometimes it is difficult to ascertain the purpose of God when we have to stay in the fire so long and so often, but God has His way of purifying us, and this is by placing us in the refiner's fire. This is another surprising line. This composite Psalm was written by David during Absalom's rebellion while he was at Mahanaim.
Merchants also had camels and donkeys. Many of the usual terrors of death appear upon examination to be imaginary, or of very little moment. The first verse is sums up the entire psalm, similar to Kidner Psalms, vol. The Truth Now here's the truth: The 23rd Psalm is a statement of what we receive through Christ. He replies that he cannot lift up his hand against God's anointed.
They realized the conditions under which Asaph wrote it and, no doubt, realized that God gave it to them to be used in their discouragement. Perowne The Book of Psalms, p. The old man got in, sat down and yet kept the bag of potatoes over his shoulder. Shepherds in Bible times faced incredible dangers in caring for their sheep, putting their own lives at risk by battling wild animals such as wolves and lions who threatened the flock. He restoresth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name sake.
She is even now undergoing testing and, in some sense, her father is in a battle also. Can you imagine the joy in the heart of the leader, Moses, upon this marvelous deliverance? Are you praying day and night and calling unto God? The grounds of his confidence. Perhaps God was not as personal to him. He would flee to Psalm 16. She has been in labor and travail for 24 hours.
Thus understood, it is applicable not merely to death itself - though it embraces that - but to any or all the dark, the dangerous, and the gloomy paths which we tread in life: to ways of sadness, solitude, and sorrow. This line is an affirmation that one chooses to dwell in a particular state of consciousness forever — the Òhouse of the LordÓ. They are very slow animals who cannot escape predators; they have no camouflage and no weapons for defense such as claws, sharp hooves, or powerful jaws. Also notice in verse 8 the call that is given to rich and well known people to remember their responsibility. It implies that at times I will sin, or I will not think, act or speak correctly. Upon His arm he can lean, and by His presence he will be comforted, until he emerges from the gloom into the bright world beyond. You have recorded each one in your book.
Notice In verse 1 the words, ''Preserve my life from fear of the enemy. I have chosen Psalm 23:4-6. Are you facing some serious battle? As the gate which opens into eternity. 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. It disgusted her and she rebuked him for it, but even the rebuke of his sullen wife did not dampen his joy. Copyright Statement The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. First, as the Good Shepherd, He laid down His life for His sheep and, second, His sheep know His voice and follow Him John 10:11, 14.