10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God is able to meet all our needs. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. A feast or banquet is spread for us by a royal Host. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." The riches of God's love and life are the provisions on which we feed, and on which souls can grow and thrive; and these supplies are ministered to the soul through the invisible channels of God's grace, even while enemies prowl around. revives it and reinvigorates it when it is exhausted and weary (see the comment on Isaiah 19:7, where the same verb occurs). II. 4. Here in this world they are ever under his good and gentle keeping, and when they depart hence, it shall be to dwell in his house for ever. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. "Thou" and "me." God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. And the writer says, "Where God makes his home, there shall be mine. What libraries have these few lines survived? 99 $12.99 $12.99. in the house of the Lord for ever, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The LXX. Then circumstances may give a special significance to our commonest mercies; difficulties are overcome, and wants are supplied, in a way that surprises us, and that leads us to confess with grateful hearts the loving-kindness of the Lord. The dark valley is behind, and the power of God before. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. Yea, we are entertained as guests st the Father's board. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But chiefly should we apply the text to our religious privileges. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. Psalms 107:43). This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). Can you say, "The Lord is my Shepherd"? (a) Nat. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. He’s dismissing the suffering of his community based on his theology of eternal conscious torment. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. We can think of them with pity, and forgive them; we can even pray for them, that they may be converted into friends, and, should they continue alienated and hostile, we can face them without fear, because "greater is he that is with us, than all they that are against us." The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. Each one may say, "He loved me, and gave himself up for me;" "The Lord is my Shepherd." IV. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. l. 13. c. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, a 200-page topical index, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. First we may apply this saying to our daily bread. It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! V. TRANSITORINESS AND IMMORTALITY. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:13). Our life is hut as a vapour. straight paths. 12:26), by assigning Ex. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. "Commentary on Psalms 23:4". There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. The closing verse shows that the blessings mentioned are spiritual. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." You may be an unbeliever. We have not only the joys of home, but the pleasures of society. The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 2. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. 20:12 and 21:17 to Moses , by attributing the law to Moses (John … "All the days of my life"—days to come, as in (lays past. Observe, the warrant is not in yourself, but in your Saviour; not, "I am one of Christ's flock," but, "He is my Shepherd." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. III. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. In the presence of mine enemies — Who seeing, envying, and fretting at it, are not able to hinder it. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. He has rest from bodily toil. The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. It would be well if some Christians thought more of rest in Christ; their work would be richer in quality even if less in quantity. Here, again, experience wonderfully varies. II. in the house of the Lord for ever. John MacArthur. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. Now he rises higher into the rich fulness of joy he receives, and the good things of God's house. Deuteronomy 2:7; Deuteronomy 8:9; and Matthew 6:31-33). With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). Repose. I. (Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2). Every clause in this psalm is suggestive enough to be the basis of a separate discourse; but in accordance with our plan in this section of the 'Pulpit Commentary,' we deal with it as a unity, indicating the wealth of material for perpetual use therein contained. But there is a point to which all paths converge. Daily devotional with John Piper. The hardest trial that can befall the believer is, when tempted to doubt God's goodness, to deem himself forsaken. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. The secret of it is twofold. Gentle and tranquil often is the actual approach of death; weakness and unconsciousness prevent fear; but take away the gospel, take away Christ, and who in health and strength can calmly face death, and say, "I will fear no evil"? It is spread in my presence, and for me. He had a most vivid perception that the feast, the anointing, the fulness, all came from the Divine hand This sense of God in our lives makes a whole world of difference to our experience. (y) "Terque lavet nostras spica cilissa comas", l. 4. eleg. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. John MacArthur • Psalm 103. They are the sheep of his pasture, and the guests of his table. To some the approach of death is a valley of sunshine, not shadow, or only such as falls from a summer cloud; to some, a momentary passage—through before they know it; to some, dark and rough with long suffering; to a few (even real Christians), gloomy with spiritual conflict. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. Wisdom - MacArthur Bible Comment is an invaluable book of prolific commentary, verse after verse, of MacArthur's descriptive genius. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. His mission on earth was emphatically for this. God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. (Psalms 23:5, "Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.") IV. We must dismiss all such associations if we would understand either the poetry or the parables of Scripture. Such passages are, of course, not to be understood literally; they express the longing of the soul for a sense of the continual presence of God, and a realization of constant communion with him. (comp. And this comforts us! SORROW AND JOY. What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. 3. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. The apostle speaks of him as "the Shepherd and Bishop of … souls.". But the believer has a right to say this—knows what is beyond (John 14:2-4; Revelation 7:15-17). How graciously does God provide for our needs! This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. 3. 3. "He maketh me," etc. GOD WILL AFFORD PROTECTION IN THE DARKEST AND MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. Still, he cleaves to God. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. His writing features a range of 2,186 different words, compared to 1,535 in Ezekiel, 1,653 in Jeremiah, and 2,170 in the Psalms. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? So it is of the soul. For thou art with me. 4. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." cup—which represents abundance—are prepared for the child of God, who may feast in spite of his enemies, confident that this favor will ever attend him. He saw what was needful, and designed this feast for the good of his people. The Greek verb from which the noun “psalms” comes basically denotes the “plucking or twanging of strings,” so that an association with musical accompaniment is implied. God's care and providence over man are denoted by the following things. It is his to restore the soul, to reclaim the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7), raise the fallen, refresh the weak, to lead in the path of duty (John 8:12). (Psalms 23:1-6.). His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. In such a restless age as this, there is no thought which a believer has greater need to appropriate than this. Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want" etc. All things here are fading. It is worthy of prolonged study. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. JOHN MACARTHUR is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master's College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry. 1. Let us not forget to note the Shepherd's individualizing care. We shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.—W.F. In both, the right path must be, in the highest sense, the safe path, but it may be the path of deadly peril and anguish (Psalms 34:19). BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. GOD'S SHEPHERD-CARE EXERCISED IN ACT. John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. Religious strength consists in the power to do and the power to suffer—or courage and fortitude. 9. The expression indicates abundance. About Donate He and I will never part company" (see Psalms 61:4; Psalms 48:14; Psalms 73:24-26). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tpc/psalms-23.html. The house of God was the place where God made his home and manifested himself to his people (see Psalms 132:13-16). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. Weekly telecasts and daily radio broadcasts of "Grace to You" are seen and heard by millions worldwide. What creatures are, when left to themselves, more weak and silly than sheep? STRENGTH FOR LIFE'S WORK. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. Refreshment. CONCLUSION. This is רויה, a fulness satiating even to excess. In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. Even so. How sweet the picture of the flock feeding in "the green pastures," and by the "still waters"! To young and old, to the rich and poor, to the people of various lands and tongues, it is equally dear. 2. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. Darkness creates a feeling of uncertainty and a desire for guidance. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. That is, thou dost pour oil on my head so abundantly that it seems to be made fat with it. The table below is the earnest of the table above.—W.F. The young shepherd might have sung of the famous past, or of the glorious future; but the veteran king, looking back to his youth, sees in it a meaning he could not have seen then, and a light shining all along his path. 5. With us the shepherd's trade is a very humble calling. And when he has made man in his own image, after his likeness, he stands to such a one in a relation corresponding thereto; and of the many names he bears to express that relation, few more tenderly illustrate his watchful care than this word "shepherd. But it may be said of this psalm that it holds a peculiar position. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. THE SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS CELEBRATED IN SONG. FULFILMENT OF LIFE'S GREAT HOPES. And I will dwell. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? 2. There is not only preparation of the table, but of the guests. But more is promised. 6. The child, repeats them at his mother's knee; the scholar expends on them his choicest learning; the plain Christian loves them for their simplicity as much as for their beauty; the Church lifts them to heaven in the many-voiced chorus; they fall like music on the sick man's ear and heart; the dying Christian says, "That is my psalm" and cheers himself with its words of faith and courage as he enters the dark valley. What God had been to him in the past, he would continue to be in the future. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. These words are the language. He who has God, the Possessor of all things, has everything. 1. It was manifest that this was from God; it was a proof of the divine favor; it furnished an assurance that he who had done this would never leave him to want. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. This is true. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! BECAUSE IT GIVES US SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE BLESSEDNESS OF GOD'S PEOPLE. 5. To magnify his Name as a gracious and merciful God. 1. But, there is hope! John 7:37-39). God is related to men as their Shepherd. II. Ample provision. 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The riches of God's love and life are the provisions on which we feed, and on which souls can grow and thrive; and these supplies are ministered to the soul through the invisible channels of God's grace, even while enemies prowl around. revives it and reinvigorates it when it is exhausted and weary (see the comment on Isaiah 19:7, where the same verb occurs). II. 4. Here in this world they are ever under his good and gentle keeping, and when they depart hence, it shall be to dwell in his house for ever. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. "Thou" and "me." God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. And the writer says, "Where God makes his home, there shall be mine. What libraries have these few lines survived? 99 $12.99 $12.99. in the house of the Lord for ever, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The LXX. Then circumstances may give a special significance to our commonest mercies; difficulties are overcome, and wants are supplied, in a way that surprises us, and that leads us to confess with grateful hearts the loving-kindness of the Lord. The dark valley is behind, and the power of God before. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. Yea, we are entertained as guests st the Father's board. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But chiefly should we apply the text to our religious privileges. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. Psalms 107:43). This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). Can you say, "The Lord is my Shepherd"? (a) Nat. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. He’s dismissing the suffering of his community based on his theology of eternal conscious torment. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. We can think of them with pity, and forgive them; we can even pray for them, that they may be converted into friends, and, should they continue alienated and hostile, we can face them without fear, because "greater is he that is with us, than all they that are against us." The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. Each one may say, "He loved me, and gave himself up for me;" "The Lord is my Shepherd." IV. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. l. 13. c. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, a 200-page topical index, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. First we may apply this saying to our daily bread. It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! V. TRANSITORINESS AND IMMORTALITY. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:13). Our life is hut as a vapour. straight paths. 12:26), by assigning Ex. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. "Commentary on Psalms 23:4". There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. The closing verse shows that the blessings mentioned are spiritual. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." You may be an unbeliever. We have not only the joys of home, but the pleasures of society. The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 2. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. 20:12 and 21:17 to Moses , by attributing the law to Moses (John … "All the days of my life"—days to come, as in (lays past. Observe, the warrant is not in yourself, but in your Saviour; not, "I am one of Christ's flock," but, "He is my Shepherd." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. III. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. In the presence of mine enemies — Who seeing, envying, and fretting at it, are not able to hinder it. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. He has rest from bodily toil. The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. It would be well if some Christians thought more of rest in Christ; their work would be richer in quality even if less in quantity. Here, again, experience wonderfully varies. II. in the house of the Lord for ever. John MacArthur. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. Now he rises higher into the rich fulness of joy he receives, and the good things of God's house. Deuteronomy 2:7; Deuteronomy 8:9; and Matthew 6:31-33). With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). Repose. I. (Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2). Every clause in this psalm is suggestive enough to be the basis of a separate discourse; but in accordance with our plan in this section of the 'Pulpit Commentary,' we deal with it as a unity, indicating the wealth of material for perpetual use therein contained. But there is a point to which all paths converge. Daily devotional with John Piper. The hardest trial that can befall the believer is, when tempted to doubt God's goodness, to deem himself forsaken. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. The secret of it is twofold. Gentle and tranquil often is the actual approach of death; weakness and unconsciousness prevent fear; but take away the gospel, take away Christ, and who in health and strength can calmly face death, and say, "I will fear no evil"? It is spread in my presence, and for me. He had a most vivid perception that the feast, the anointing, the fulness, all came from the Divine hand This sense of God in our lives makes a whole world of difference to our experience. (y) "Terque lavet nostras spica cilissa comas", l. 4. eleg. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. John MacArthur • Psalm 103. They are the sheep of his pasture, and the guests of his table. To some the approach of death is a valley of sunshine, not shadow, or only such as falls from a summer cloud; to some, a momentary passage—through before they know it; to some, dark and rough with long suffering; to a few (even real Christians), gloomy with spiritual conflict. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. Wisdom - MacArthur Bible Comment is an invaluable book of prolific commentary, verse after verse, of MacArthur's descriptive genius. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. His mission on earth was emphatically for this. God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. (Psalms 23:5, "Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.") IV. We must dismiss all such associations if we would understand either the poetry or the parables of Scripture. Such passages are, of course, not to be understood literally; they express the longing of the soul for a sense of the continual presence of God, and a realization of constant communion with him. (comp. And this comforts us! SORROW AND JOY. What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. 3. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. The apostle speaks of him as "the Shepherd and Bishop of … souls.". But the believer has a right to say this—knows what is beyond (John 14:2-4; Revelation 7:15-17). How graciously does God provide for our needs! This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. 3. 3. "He maketh me," etc. GOD WILL AFFORD PROTECTION IN THE DARKEST AND MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. Still, he cleaves to God. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. His writing features a range of 2,186 different words, compared to 1,535 in Ezekiel, 1,653 in Jeremiah, and 2,170 in the Psalms. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? So it is of the soul. For thou art with me. 4. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." cup—which represents abundance—are prepared for the child of God, who may feast in spite of his enemies, confident that this favor will ever attend him. He saw what was needful, and designed this feast for the good of his people. The Greek verb from which the noun “psalms” comes basically denotes the “plucking or twanging of strings,” so that an association with musical accompaniment is implied. God's care and providence over man are denoted by the following things. It is his to restore the soul, to reclaim the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7), raise the fallen, refresh the weak, to lead in the path of duty (John 8:12). (Psalms 23:1-6.). His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. In such a restless age as this, there is no thought which a believer has greater need to appropriate than this. Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want" etc. All things here are fading. It is worthy of prolonged study. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. JOHN MACARTHUR is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master's College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry. 1. Let us not forget to note the Shepherd's individualizing care. We shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.—W.F. In both, the right path must be, in the highest sense, the safe path, but it may be the path of deadly peril and anguish (Psalms 34:19). BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. GOD'S SHEPHERD-CARE EXERCISED IN ACT. John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. Religious strength consists in the power to do and the power to suffer—or courage and fortitude. 9. The expression indicates abundance. About Donate He and I will never part company" (see Psalms 61:4; Psalms 48:14; Psalms 73:24-26). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tpc/psalms-23.html. The house of God was the place where God made his home and manifested himself to his people (see Psalms 132:13-16). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. Weekly telecasts and daily radio broadcasts of "Grace to You" are seen and heard by millions worldwide. What creatures are, when left to themselves, more weak and silly than sheep? STRENGTH FOR LIFE'S WORK. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. Refreshment. CONCLUSION. This is רויה, a fulness satiating even to excess. In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. Even so. How sweet the picture of the flock feeding in "the green pastures," and by the "still waters"! To young and old, to the rich and poor, to the people of various lands and tongues, it is equally dear. 2. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. Darkness creates a feeling of uncertainty and a desire for guidance. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. That is, thou dost pour oil on my head so abundantly that it seems to be made fat with it. The table below is the earnest of the table above.—W.F. The young shepherd might have sung of the famous past, or of the glorious future; but the veteran king, looking back to his youth, sees in it a meaning he could not have seen then, and a light shining all along his path. 5. With us the shepherd's trade is a very humble calling. And when he has made man in his own image, after his likeness, he stands to such a one in a relation corresponding thereto; and of the many names he bears to express that relation, few more tenderly illustrate his watchful care than this word "shepherd. But it may be said of this psalm that it holds a peculiar position. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. THE SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS CELEBRATED IN SONG. FULFILMENT OF LIFE'S GREAT HOPES. And I will dwell. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? 2. There is not only preparation of the table, but of the guests. But more is promised. 6. The child, repeats them at his mother's knee; the scholar expends on them his choicest learning; the plain Christian loves them for their simplicity as much as for their beauty; the Church lifts them to heaven in the many-voiced chorus; they fall like music on the sick man's ear and heart; the dying Christian says, "That is my psalm" and cheers himself with its words of faith and courage as he enters the dark valley. What God had been to him in the past, he would continue to be in the future. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. These words are the language. He who has God, the Possessor of all things, has everything. 1. It was manifest that this was from God; it was a proof of the divine favor; it furnished an assurance that he who had done this would never leave him to want. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. This is true. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! BECAUSE IT GIVES US SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE BLESSEDNESS OF GOD'S PEOPLE. 5. To magnify his Name as a gracious and merciful God. 1. But, there is hope! John 7:37-39). God is related to men as their Shepherd. II. Ample provision. 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II. They touch, inspire, comfort us. INSPIRED WORDS. 3. They make themselves at home in every language. No amount of Hebrew scholarship can possibly let any one into the deep meaning of this psalm. We’re on a mission to change that. 4.8 out of 5 stars 127. Beyond the rough, weary, winding path lies rest; beyond the conflict, peace. It is a song of gratitude. Christ is the chief Shepherd, who employs under-shepherds to feed his flock (John 21:15-17; 1 Peter 5:2-4). This follows on the restoration. Such who are blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ, to whom the grace of the Lord has been exceeding abundant, and the Lord himself is the portion of their cup, their cup may be said to run over indeed. Above all, in the hour and moment of death he has passed through it; he has "the keys;" he alone can be with us. Jesus "the Good Shepherd" is here, and his sheep hear his voice, and follow him—to glory, honour, and immortality.—W.F. The entire collection of Psalms is entitled “Praises” in the Hebrew text. (1 Peter 5:5.) The allusion is to the custom of anointing the head on festival occasions, as an indication of prosperity and rejoicing (see Matthew 6:17, note; Luke 7:46, note), and the whole is indicative of the divine favor, of prosperity, and of joy. Abraham and his descendants were not the only wealthy chiefs who fed their own flocks and herds. As the Shepherd, Jesus came to seek and save the lost. Their final triumph in the day of judgment will be in the very presence of all their assembled enemies, for in their very presence He will pronounce the sentence which will make their eternal happiness sure, Matthew 25:31-36. John MacArthur has announced that Master’s Seminary has been given the rights to update and refine the legendary New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation and that the linguistic team overseen by Dr. Abner Chou at the seminary will be making “subtle” changes to it. HE GIVES REST TO THE WEARY. In Luke 15:3-7 and John 10:1-16 our Saviour appropriates this similitude to himself, as seeking and saving the lost, ruling and feeding each one who follows him, laying down his life for the flock, gathering "other sheep" into "one flock.". 3 and 4. God's two angels, "goodness and mercy," not only abide with us here, but will bring us to the everlasting habitation. My cup runneth over - It is not merely "full;" it runs over. The very sight of that glorious picture weaned one from the vanities of the world, and drew her to Jesus; and in the case of "an old disciple" it completely abolished the fear of death! Here we see his loving care. In the Bible, as in the Person of our Saviour, the human and the Divine are found, not apart, but in closest union. IV. III. II. Interactive Bible study with John Piper. The disciplinary dealings of our God are among our greatest mercies. He regards men as his wealth, in which he rejoices; and if they ace not under his loving care he misses them—he is conscious of something lacking (Luke 15:4-6). 1-16 of over 1,000 results for "john macarthur study guides" Skip to main search results Eligible for Free Shipping. My cup runneth over, he declares—is not only full to the brim, but runs over the brim—an expressive metaphor, indicative of a state of bliss rarely experienced in this life. The rod and staff are special emblems of the Shepherd's care in tending and ruling the flock. Before me - For me. That it was written by him who was raised from having care of a flock to be the king on Israel's throne, there is no reason for doubting, spite of all that destructive critics may say. Think how much had to be done and suffered before we could have the Bible as a book free to every one of us! 4. I. Get Free John Macarthur S Electronic Bible Study Library Textbook and unlimited access to our library by created an account. God spake not merely by the lips or pens of the prophets, but by the men themselves (2 Peter 1:21). At home and in the sanctuary it is in constant use. A classic resource, The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. This psalm breathes the air of youth. The table is the Lord's table. "The Lord is my Shepherd." He had suffered, had been weary, been persecuted, had had battles to fight, had been bewildered in his path; but God had been his Guide and Deliverer, and would continue to be all through the remainder of his life. This Shepherd-care is for each as well as for all. (Acts 20:28.). To have written this short psalm is one of the highest honours ever put upon man. The good Shepherd says, "I will give you rest." It represents that state of mind for which all alike sigh, and the want of which makes life a failure to most; it represents that heaven, which is everywhere, if we could but enter it, and yet almost nowhere, because so few of us can" ('Ecce Homo'). There will be changes. BECAUSE IT IS ASSOCIATED SO CLOSELY WITH OUR RELIGIOUS LIFE. Christ is the Bread and Wine of life. HINT: Since there are such a large number of resources on this page (>10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … God is able to meet all our needs. Always there is want on our part, and always there is supply with God. A feast or banquet is spread for us by a royal Host. If you can say this, then you may fearlessly cast all your care on him, and finish the verse, "I shall not want." The riches of God's love and life are the provisions on which we feed, and on which souls can grow and thrive; and these supplies are ministered to the soul through the invisible channels of God's grace, even while enemies prowl around. revives it and reinvigorates it when it is exhausted and weary (see the comment on Isaiah 19:7, where the same verb occurs). II. 4. Here in this world they are ever under his good and gentle keeping, and when they depart hence, it shall be to dwell in his house for ever. We are all, by nature, God’s enemies, and we deserve His wrath. "Thou" and "me." God could have given us a Bible written, like the tables of the Law, "with the finger of God;" but he has spoken through the minds and hearts and personal experience of men of like passions with ourselves, making their faith, penitence, sorrow, joy, prayer, thanksgiving, the mirror and pattern of our own. And in the closing assertion, כּוסי, my cup, is metonymically equivalent to the contents of my cup. And the writer says, "Where God makes his home, there shall be mine. What libraries have these few lines survived? 99 $12.99 $12.99. in the house of the Lord for ever, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. The LXX. Then circumstances may give a special significance to our commonest mercies; difficulties are overcome, and wants are supplied, in a way that surprises us, and that leads us to confess with grateful hearts the loving-kindness of the Lord. The dark valley is behind, and the power of God before. I. DIVINE OWNERSHIP. Yea, we are entertained as guests st the Father's board. The "rod and staff" are needed in the dark valley; the table is spread in the desert and amongst foes. But chiefly should we apply the text to our religious privileges. In the presence of mine enemies - That is, in spite of them, or so that they could not prevent it. Psalms 107:43). This metaphor, so frequent in the later Scriptures (Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 49:9, Isaiah 49:10; Jeremiah 31:10; Ezekiel 34:6-19; John 10:11-19, John 10:26-28; Hebrews 13:20; 1 Peter 2:25; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 7:17), is perhaps implied in Genesis 48:15, but first appears, plainly and openly, in the Davidical psalms (see, besides the present passage, Psalms 74:1; Psalms 77:20; Psalms 78:53; Psalms 79:1-13 :14; Psalms 80:1—psalms which, if not David's, belong to the time, and were written under the influence, of David). Can you say, "The Lord is my Shepherd"? (a) Nat. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. He’s dismissing the suffering of his community based on his theology of eternal conscious torment. On these same hills and plains the forefathers of the nation—Abraham, Isaac, Israel—had pitched their camps and fed their flocks, when as yet they could not call a rood of land their own. We can think of them with pity, and forgive them; we can even pray for them, that they may be converted into friends, and, should they continue alienated and hostile, we can face them without fear, because "greater is he that is with us, than all they that are against us." The past is an earnest of the future, As God's "goodness and mercy" have always followed him hitherto, David has no doubt that they will continue to cling to him while his life continues. Each one may say, "He loved me, and gave himself up for me;" "The Lord is my Shepherd." IV. No attainments in English literature will ever initiate any student into the mysteries of a mother's love, and no attainments in Oriental learning will help any one to learn the secret of the Lord which is here disclosed. l. 13. c. In itself it is exceedingly precious, but in the light of the gospel, and as interpreted by our dear Lord and Saviour, its value is infinitely enhanced. Dr. John MacArthur has compiled more than 20,000 study notes, a 200-page topical index, and numerous charts, maps, outlines, and articles to create The MacArthur Study Bible. First we may apply this saying to our daily bread. It was not the house of God, but the God of the house, that was to be David's home—and the home of all the saints—for ever and for ever! V. TRANSITORINESS AND IMMORTALITY. "As thy days, so shall thy strength be" (Deuteronomy 33:25; Philippians 4:13). Our life is hut as a vapour. straight paths. 12:26), by assigning Ex. Most people have their favourite passages of Scripture. "Commentary on Psalms 23:4". There is nothing to equal it in the sacred books of the East; for none but the Hebrews have ever had such a disclosure of God as that in which the writer of this psalm rejoices. The closing verse shows that the blessings mentioned are spiritual. This thought is (perhaps Intently, but really) in the expression, "Thou art with me." You may be an unbeliever. We have not only the joys of home, but the pleasures of society. The answer comes from the Divine Shepherd, the faithful Witness—"Because I live, ye shall live also" (John 14:1-3, John 14:19; John 12:26; 2 Corinthians 5:1; Romans 8:35-39). 2. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. 20:12 and 21:17 to Moses , by attributing the law to Moses (John … "All the days of my life"—days to come, as in (lays past. Observe, the warrant is not in yourself, but in your Saviour; not, "I am one of Christ's flock," but, "He is my Shepherd." But the rest is spiritual in its kind. "Goodness" reminds us that our nature is a bundle of wants; "mercy," that our deepest, highest need can be satisfied, not by all God's gifts, but only by himself. III. The "restoring of the soul" implies wandering, and means chastening as well as forgiveness. Faithful, whom martyrdom awaited in Vanity Fair, had sunshine all through the valley. In the presence of mine enemies — Who seeing, envying, and fretting at it, are not able to hinder it. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. He has rest from bodily toil. The sheep can wander wide easily enough, but if they are to be kept in the right way that can be only through the Shepherd s care. to dwell in the house of God—i.e. Mark the order—God does not at once call us to face the dark valley. It would be well if some Christians thought more of rest in Christ; their work would be richer in quality even if less in quantity. Here, again, experience wonderfully varies. II. in the house of the Lord for ever. John MacArthur. These passages summarize Bible teaching on this theme for us. Now he rises higher into the rich fulness of joy he receives, and the good things of God's house. Deuteronomy 2:7; Deuteronomy 8:9; and Matthew 6:31-33). With Paul and his companions it was a veritable valley of the shadow of death, when "all hope … was taken away" (see Acts 27:20, Acts 27:23; again 2 Timothy 4:16, 2 Timothy 4:17). Repose. I. (Psalms 23:1, Psalms 23:2). Every clause in this psalm is suggestive enough to be the basis of a separate discourse; but in accordance with our plan in this section of the 'Pulpit Commentary,' we deal with it as a unity, indicating the wealth of material for perpetual use therein contained. But there is a point to which all paths converge. Daily devotional with John Piper. The hardest trial that can befall the believer is, when tempted to doubt God's goodness, to deem himself forsaken. They were compelled to look on and see how God provided for him. The secret of it is twofold. Gentle and tranquil often is the actual approach of death; weakness and unconsciousness prevent fear; but take away the gospel, take away Christ, and who in health and strength can calmly face death, and say, "I will fear no evil"? It is spread in my presence, and for me. He had a most vivid perception that the feast, the anointing, the fulness, all came from the Divine hand This sense of God in our lives makes a whole world of difference to our experience. (y) "Terque lavet nostras spica cilissa comas", l. 4. eleg. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; literally, in grassy homesteads—" the richer, oasis-like spots, where a homestead would be fixed in a barren tract of land" (Kay). Doubtful if there lives a man who could safely be trusted with it. John MacArthur • Psalm 103. They are the sheep of his pasture, and the guests of his table. To some the approach of death is a valley of sunshine, not shadow, or only such as falls from a summer cloud; to some, a momentary passage—through before they know it; to some, dark and rough with long suffering; to a few (even real Christians), gloomy with spiritual conflict. God has removed the uncertainty and affords us guidance. Wisdom - MacArthur Bible Comment is an invaluable book of prolific commentary, verse after verse, of MacArthur's descriptive genius. It would be absurd to suppose there can be a right to do wrong with God any more than with man. thy shepherd's crook, and thy staff of defence—they comfort me. There is the material food, which may have come from far; and there are the kind hands that have made it ready. His mission on earth was emphatically for this. God's wisdom, love, righteousness, are a law to himself. (Psalms 23:5, "Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows.") IV. We must dismiss all such associations if we would understand either the poetry or the parables of Scripture. Such passages are, of course, not to be understood literally; they express the longing of the soul for a sense of the continual presence of God, and a realization of constant communion with him. (comp. And this comforts us! SORROW AND JOY. What is meant thereby, is not necessarily only blessings of a spiritual kind. 3. If not, the gospel has not yet fulfilled its mission in your heart and life. The apostle speaks of him as "the Shepherd and Bishop of … souls.". But the believer has a right to say this—knows what is beyond (John 14:2-4; Revelation 7:15-17). How graciously does God provide for our needs! This power to do—to conquer sin in ourselves and in the world—is strengthened by unshaken faith in God's truth, and by the power of self-denial. Sometimes, indeed, the way may be dark, even as death itself; still it is the right way (Psalms 107:7; Ezra 8:21-23). This psalm leads back our thoughts to his youth; but it is no youthful composition—it bears the stamp of deep experience. 3. 3. "He maketh me," etc. GOD WILL AFFORD PROTECTION IN THE DARKEST AND MOST DIFFICULT TIMES. Still, he cleaves to God. Their enemies are compelled to see how He interposes in their behalf, how He provides for them, and how He defends them. His writing features a range of 2,186 different words, compared to 1,535 in Ezekiel, 1,653 in Jeremiah, and 2,170 in the Psalms. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? So it is of the soul. For thou art with me. 4. Thou anointest my head with oil - Margin, as in Hebrew, "makest fat." cup—which represents abundance—are prepared for the child of God, who may feast in spite of his enemies, confident that this favor will ever attend him. He saw what was needful, and designed this feast for the good of his people. The Greek verb from which the noun “psalms” comes basically denotes the “plucking or twanging of strings,” so that an association with musical accompaniment is implied. God's care and providence over man are denoted by the following things. It is his to restore the soul, to reclaim the lost sheep (Luke 15:3-7), raise the fallen, refresh the weak, to lead in the path of duty (John 8:12). (Psalms 23:1-6.). His thoughts are happy thoughts—he lacks nothing; he has no fear; God's mercy and goodness are with him; and he feels assured that they will continue with him all the days of his life (Psalms 23:6); he has but one desire for the future, viz. In such a restless age as this, there is no thought which a believer has greater need to appropriate than this. Christ gives us the victory over that evil by proclaiming the forgiveness of the Father, and the removal of our sin. God must cease to be himself before he can inflict the lightest wrong on the weakest or unworthiest of his creatures. "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want" etc. All things here are fading. It is worthy of prolonged study. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness. JOHN MACARTHUR is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California; president of The Master's College and Seminary; and featured teacher for the Grace to You media ministry. 1. Let us not forget to note the Shepherd's individualizing care. We shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.—W.F. In both, the right path must be, in the highest sense, the safe path, but it may be the path of deadly peril and anguish (Psalms 34:19). BECAUSE IT BRINGS GOD BEFORE US IN SO ENDEARING A CHARACTER. GOD'S SHEPHERD-CARE EXERCISED IN ACT. John F. MacArthur, Jr. is a United States Calvinistic evangelical writer and minister, noted for his radio program entitled Grace to You and as the editor of the Gold Medallion Book Award winning MacArthur Study Bible. Religious strength consists in the power to do and the power to suffer—or courage and fortitude. 9. The expression indicates abundance. About Donate He and I will never part company" (see Psalms 61:4; Psalms 48:14; Psalms 73:24-26). https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tpc/psalms-23.html. The house of God was the place where God made his home and manifested himself to his people (see Psalms 132:13-16). Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Were an angel to say, "The Lord is my Shepherd," this would bring no assurance to a frail, sinful human heart. Weekly telecasts and daily radio broadcasts of "Grace to You" are seen and heard by millions worldwide. What creatures are, when left to themselves, more weak and silly than sheep? STRENGTH FOR LIFE'S WORK. This, too, indicates abundance; and from the abundance of the favors thus bestowed, the psalmist infers that God would always provide for him, and that He would never leave him to want. Here is A GLORIOUS EMPHASIS OF CERTAINTY. Refreshment. CONCLUSION. This is רויה, a fulness satiating even to excess. In Isaiah 40:11 (as in the psalm) Christ's tender care of individuals, even the youngest, is represented. Even so. How sweet the picture of the flock feeding in "the green pastures," and by the "still waters"! To young and old, to the rich and poor, to the people of various lands and tongues, it is equally dear. 2. The quiet paths of righteousness and peace remind the poet of the exact opposite—the dark and dismal way through the valley of the shadow of death. Darkness creates a feeling of uncertainty and a desire for guidance. As the chief Shepherd, he will again appear. But especially in times of urgent need is his presence to Be claimed and felt. That is, thou dost pour oil on my head so abundantly that it seems to be made fat with it. The table below is the earnest of the table above.—W.F. The young shepherd might have sung of the famous past, or of the glorious future; but the veteran king, looking back to his youth, sees in it a meaning he could not have seen then, and a light shining all along his path. 5. With us the shepherd's trade is a very humble calling. And when he has made man in his own image, after his likeness, he stands to such a one in a relation corresponding thereto; and of the many names he bears to express that relation, few more tenderly illustrate his watchful care than this word "shepherd. But it may be said of this psalm that it holds a peculiar position. John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. THE SHEPHERD-CARE OF GOD IS CELEBRATED IN SONG. FULFILMENT OF LIFE'S GREAT HOPES. And I will dwell. Jews and Christians alike hold it dear, and there are few, if they were asked, but would thankfully confess that of all the psalms, it was to them the sweetest and most precious. The Master never expects his servants to be always on the stretch. How can one whose life is "a vapour" (James 4:14), standing on a point which crumbles beneath his feet, ignorant what the next hour may bring, thus boldly challenge the hidden future of earthly life, the boundless future beyond? 2. There is not only preparation of the table, but of the guests. But more is promised. 6. The child, repeats them at his mother's knee; the scholar expends on them his choicest learning; the plain Christian loves them for their simplicity as much as for their beauty; the Church lifts them to heaven in the many-voiced chorus; they fall like music on the sick man's ear and heart; the dying Christian says, "That is my psalm" and cheers himself with its words of faith and courage as he enters the dark valley. What God had been to him in the past, he would continue to be in the future. The psalmist looks back over his life, and sings with grateful heart of God's love and care. These two words, "goodness and mercy, are to be taken together rather than over-curiously distinguished. These words are the language. He who has God, the Possessor of all things, has everything. 1. It was manifest that this was from God; it was a proof of the divine favor; it furnished an assurance that he who had done this would never leave him to want. Through such a ravine, trackless, waterless, gloomy with overhanging precipices, where in every cleft wild beasts or robbers may lurk, the psalmist imagines himself led. This is true. Unleashing God's Truth, One Verse a a Time! BECAUSE IT GIVES US SUCH A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE BLESSEDNESS OF GOD'S PEOPLE. 5. To magnify his Name as a gracious and merciful God. 1. But, there is hope! John 7:37-39). God is related to men as their Shepherd. II. Ample provision. 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