Verse 1 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
David wrote this psalm from experience that he had with God. Can you imagine not ever having any wants because you knew that God would make sure you had everything you needed. The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:3 that God has given us everything pertaining to life. When David was young, he had been a shepherd. He knew that the sheep were totally dependent on the shepherd for provision, guidance, and protection. The New Testament calls Jesus the “Good Shepherd” (John 10:11). When disaster strikes Jehovah-rapha, is the healer. When worry consumes us, God is Jehovah-shalom, the peace maker; when Satan attacks, He is Jehovah-nissi, the spiritual warrior. He is, and always will be “The Great I Am!” Whatever we need, He is!
Verse 2 – He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.
Verse 3 – He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
When sheep (followers of Christ) are led by the Holy Spirit, there will be a peace in your storm. You may be in the worse storm of your life, but guidance from the One who knows where to lead, surpasses our understanding. Green pastures represent your provision from Him. A calmness will take over the very storm that might be raging on the inside of you, with what David calls – sill waters.
Verse 4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
There is a shadow of death that is in darkness when we face real danger. You could live or be killed, as soldiers face their enemies, while in combat. Then there’s the horrible diagnoses from a doctor that sets a time limit on your life. Life or death, God is there guiding, calming, and protecting.
Verse 5 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
I’ve heard believers ask, “Why has God placed me at this job that is surrounded by evil people?” We, as believers, are to be their light in dark places. God didn’t make a mistake placing you there. When He anoints us to either work in certain places or go to certain areas, He has given His angels charge over you for guidance and protection. Time and time again David had survived every battle, because God was with him.
Verse 6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Unless you believe that our God is a good God, you’ll never grasp what David is saying here. So, how do we know for sure that God is a good God, all the time? Reading, studying, and praying is all done by faith. Knowing that Christ only wants the best for your life will cause us to believe that “Goodness and mercy” will follow us, “All the days of our lives.” Believe and receive His goodness!