The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
(God is Jehovah-Jireh – My Provider)
He makes me to lie down in green pastures,
(God is Jehovah-Raah – My Shepherd – Notice the word “makes” sometimes for my own good, circumstances come along which need me to stop, lie down and stay near to the shepherd. This is a beautiful word picture of the Lord drawing me close, pulling me in and wrapping His arms around me).
He leads me beside the quiet waters,
(God is Jehovah-Shalom – One Who gives Me Peace)
He restores my soul.
(God is Jehovah-Repheka – My Healer)
He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
(El Roi – The God who sees Me)
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me;
(God is Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is with Me)
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
(God is Jehovah-Sabaoth – My Defender/Protector)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
(God is Jehovah-Nissi – My Banner over me – My Conqueror)
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
(The oil of Joy)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
(God is Jehovah-M’kaddesh – The One Who Sanctifies and Jehovah–Tsidqenu – My Righteousness)
This is a great Psalm to read, or recite when faced with slightly challenging moments, to the deepest of sorrows. Due to a recent health crisis, of sorts, I switched it up a little bit. When I got to the word death, I inserted the word health and fear, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of health and rising fear, I will fear no harm, for you are here with me. Thy rod and thy staff bring me comfort”. I repeated it so many times, I can almost quote the entire Psalm from memory. It really helped! To be honest, it helped more than I expected.
Perhaps you are currently walking through a valley. Not sure how you will make it through the night, or the next day. Let me encourage you to insert your struggle or situation in place of the word death, as I did. May you find comfort and peace in the midst of whatever circumstance faces you today.
Until next time,