Psalm 23 - The Good Shepherd (Psalm 23 John 10)
Psalm 23 from the Geneva Bible (1560, 1599) - A Psalme of Dauid. The Lorde is my shephearde, I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to rest in greene pasture, and leadeth me by the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soule, and leadeth me in the paths of righteousnesse for his Names sake. 4 Yea, though I should walke through the valley of the shadowe of death, I will feare no euill: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staffe, they comfort me. 5 Thou doest prepare a table before me in the sight of mine aduersaries: thou doest anoynt mine head with oyle, and my cuppe runneth ouer. 6 Doubtlesse kindnesse and mercie shall followe me all the dayes of my life, and I shall remaine a long season in the house of the Lord.
John 10:14 - I am that good shepheard, and knowe mine, and am knowen of mine.
1 John 3:16 - Hereby haue we perceiued loue, that he layde downe his life for vs: therefore we ought also to lay downe our liues for the brethren.
A. YHWH as Shepherd (1-2)
B. YHWH Restores and Guides (3)
C. YHWH Protects from Enemies (4-5a)
B’ YHWH Refreshes and Blesses (5b-6a)
A’ YHWH as Supplier/Host (6b)
Psalm 23 has two sections with two master metaphors:
A. The Lord is My Shepherd (vv.1-4)
[CENTER HINGE IS the Lord is Protector/Valley of Death 4b-5a]
B. The Lord is My Supplier (vv.5-6)
The LORD is Jesus’ Shepherd. Jesus hyper-fulfilled this Psalm. Jesus went into the true death and yet he would live in the House of the Lord forever.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more