Psalm 23 KJV

The lord is my shepherd

1 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 meaning (kjv)

Early life of David

David had lived a life as a shepherd taking care of his father’s sheep and learned a lot about the intimate relationship that was there between the shepherd and the sheep. Although he was very young and not trained in war, when a lion or a bear could come and take a lamb out of the flock he could go after him, smote him, and deliver it out of his mouth.

He, therefore, writes the book of Psalms chapter 23 with the knowledge of what happens between the relationship of a shepherd and the sheep. In the parable of the lost sheep Jesus Christ asks this question; What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost until he find it? (Luke 15:4).

This parable shows us that God not only cares for all His sheep but is also concerned with the affairs of every single sheep. We are going to analyze the book of psalms chapter 23 verse by verse to understand its deep meaning about our relationship of God being our shepherd and we the sheep.

Psalm 23 explained line by line

Psalm 20:1 kjv

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. The Lord is always watching over us and taking care of us. He knows our needs and He supplies them according to His riches in Christ Jesus and makes sure that we are never in want.

Psalm 23:2 kjv

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. The Lord makes sure that I am in an abundant supply of all that I need in both physical and spiritual needs. He supplies the best of the best needs in my life. Look at what the Lord says in another place concerning my supply. Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. (Psalms 68:19). I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Psalms 37:25)

Psalm 23:3 kjv

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. The Lord knows that sometimes I may get weary in the journey of life but the good thing is that through His word my soul is restored and the same word of God has instructions to lead me in ways of righteousness so that I may obtain wisdom from His word and not make mistakes in life that may hurt my soul.

My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. (Psalms 119:25) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Psalm 23:4 kjv

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. Even though I may be passing through difficult times in life, you have promised never to leave me nor forsake me. This gives me the confidence to rejoice in all suffering because thy rod and thy staff are always available to give me comfort.

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. (Isaiah 43:2)

Psalm 23:5 kjv

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. As a good shepherd, you are using my suffering as a way of preparing me for greatness. All those who saw me suffering and thought that the Lord had abandoned me will be shocked when you restore me in front of their presence.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10)

Psalm 23:6 kjv

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. This has assured me that it doesn’t matter what situation I may be in but what I know is that His presence is always with me to lead and guide me. This is because I have the confidence that the Lord is my good shepherd.

Psalm 23 kjv

Questions and answers

Psalm 23 reminds us that God is gracious and worthy of our trust in life and death, in plenty and in want. To illustrate our God’s knowledge, might, and mercy, the psalm uses the metaphor of a shepherd caring for his flock.

Psalm 23 is the Book of Psalms‘ 23rd psalm.

There is no precise date for when that particular Psalm was written, but we may make an educated guess: King David lived between 1040 and 970 B.C.E. Between 1010 and 970, he was the king of Judah. So Psalm 23 was most likely penned during his reign as king, around 1000 B.C.E.