From: T.M. Schoewe
Open up your Bible towards the middle. You will be in the Psalms. Turn to the 23rd. Serve it to say, this Psalm is a very famous psalm and has very prophetic implications for the nation of Israel, too numerous to elaborate on in this little piece. Simply though, you will find it is the song of a saved soul. David is singing of the Lord as his shepherd! He sings of a bleeding, feeding and leading shepherd. And he is singing about Jesus, Who in John 10 says, “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” How can we say Jesus is the shepherd David sings of? Read what Jesus said in John 5:39. “Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Religious leaders had questioned Jesus’ authority so He directs them to “search” the scriptures (Old Testament)! Actually the word search means to ransack or go through carefully. So Jesus is telling them that if they would just delve into and carefully search through the scriptures they would find talk and prophecy about Him. For example, Psalm 22 tells about Good Friday and Psalm 24 about He Who comes at Christmas.
And in Psalm 23 we find David singing about Jesus, the Lord Who would be the Lamb what takes away the sin of the world, Who he says, “restoreth my soul.” That is the bleeding shepherd of the cross that David sings of; the same Shepherd that also sees that all our physical as well as spiritual needs are supplied, the feeding Shepherd, Whose creation never fails in feeding the world! Unfortunately for many, starvation and poverty are still problems in this world. Sometimes war and poor distribution or laziness causes starvation. But that is not the Shepherd’s failure.
David’s Lord is also a leading shepherd. This is the Shepherd that leads us on the best path below us, before us and behind us. Read Psalm 23. On the path below He gives us rest but also exercises us and we are clothed with His righteousness and on this path he fills the cups of our lives with His elements of water, bread and wine and anoints us with his spirit of gladness in the presence of our enemies: sin, hell and death. Then on the path before us, is the valley of the shadow of death. Shadows never hurt anyone but the real light is that our Shepherd is with us and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Think about that word DWELL for a while. And on the path behind us, we shall see goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.
By the way, if you haven’t memorized this song already, we challenge you to do so. It is only six short verses and whereever you are you can look up to the Lord, your Shepherd, anytime of day or night, and say it or sing it in less than one minute. This is a good song for a father and good one to teach his children.