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Psalm 23 is by far the most widely known psalm in the bible It is taught by churches and Sunday schools across the country It is quoted reprinted and spread throughout the Christian Community However the meaning behind the psalm is often overlooked Most of us can quote the lines of Psalm 23 but few of us have examined the meaning behind its powerful message The opening verse says The lord is my shepherd I shall not want Initially in the psalm a metaphor is used to illustrate the care the lord gives to his people He is compared to a shepherd looking over his flock A shepherds only job at that time was to protect his flock Without his flock the shepherd had nothing It is also said that Gods only job is to protect and love his people The shepherd must provide for guide and look after the sheep The psalm illustrates that the lord will do this for his people The psalm also illustrates that the lord is your lord It says The lord is my shepherd not The lord is a shepherd The lord belongs to everyone who will have him He does not choose his flock his flock may choose him He maketh me to lie down in green pastures he leadeth me beside the still waters The second verse goes more into depth of the care the shepherd gives to his flock Jerusalem is a barren arid landscape Therefore it is important for the shepherd to find sustenance and water for his flock which the he does The shepherd does the best he possibly can for his flock The landscape in the psalm is described as pleasant The grass is green and the water is calm not raging violent or quick The shepherd presents to his flock a pleasant soothing landscape in which to live The third verse looks into the healing powers of the lord He restoreth my
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