Sunday, 6 September 2015

Pondering the Psalms - Psalm 23


Each Sunday I am going to choose a Psalm and write down some brief thoughts on it.



Today I'm looking at Psalm 23 


This is probably the best known Psalm.



I see this Psalm as a Psalm of Praise

1.  Extolling the Virtues of God

2.  Stating the good things He has done for us

3.  Telling God how we trust Him

4.  Acknowledging that we know God provides everything for us

5.  Exclaiming that we know the hope we have for the future



A Great Example.
David has given us this fine example of praising God.


Excitement.
You can feel the excitement over the fact that David realizes just what God means to him.


You can feel the excitement.


Not a Word of Thanks.
David did not even need a word of thanks in this Psalm because He is simply caught up in Praising God.


Complete Comfort.
That first verse gives us the complete comfort of knowing that God looks after us in everything so there is no concern for us to dwell on - a simple fact.





To Praise God 

is

not to give thanks

but

to tell Him what He means to you

and

just express how great He is.



We need to Praise God for Who He is as well as Thanking Him for what He has done.




13 comments:

  1. When I was a kid the wording of this verse completely confused me.

    The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.

    I never understood why the bible said I wouldn't want him. Of course when I was older and finally understood I felt a little "sheepish" (pun intended)

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    1. I completely understand what you mean but isn't it great that as we get older we can still be learning and get the powerful impact of "getting it"

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  2. Very encouraging word - I love the Psalms!

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  3. I'm about to start reading through the Psalms.

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  4. One of my favorite Psalms! Thank you for sharing each week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

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  5. This is one of the first passages I taught to my boys, and they all learned it when they were toddlers, just through repetition. It is my prayer that the truth of it will stay with them "all the days of their lives." Thanks for bringing it to mind today!

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  6. This is my husband's favorite piece of scripture! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week :)

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  7. I was just reading this morning about praising the Lord. It is something we need to do everyday. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  8. Wonderful job breaking this Psalm down, Sandra! I'm fascinated by how much David loved to praise God. This is such an important action in our faith. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. I need to reread the Psalms. It's been a while :).

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  9. I love the thought of complete comfort, especially today. Thanks, Sandra.

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