If you were to do a quick survey on what is the most popular Psalm, the one that comes up near the top is Psalm 23. Why? It’s not the first or last or in the middle. It has a strange metaphor shift half way through. What’s the deal with this Psalm?
I submit to you that the reason why it’s so popular is because it’s personalized – instead of talking about God, it’s talking with God. We can personalize scripture as we sense God speaking to us but that requires some creative thought. Psalm 23 is already written for us to sing from our hearts to the God who has loved us from the very beginning.
Unfortunately, Psalm 23 has been analyzed in so many sermons and has become so familiar that I think we’ve forgotten the song; at least it has lost it’s power. And yet, the world hasn’t forgotten it’s song – it’s constantly singing it loud and clear into our hearts and we are reaping the results.
Over the next few weeks, I invite you to consider three life-changing parts of Psalm 23 that I hope will help it become Your Heart Song. For now, would you take a moment and just meditate upon the words of the song…
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23, A psalm of David.
New Living Translation