Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
In most of David’s Psalm’s there is always an element of complaint, but in Psalm 23 it all about being comforted by God. David knew from his youth sheep needed a shepherd to guide and watch over them. Here he compares himself to a sheep that is taken to the best pastures, that finds peace by the quiet waters and his soul is able to rest. He has no fear for He knows God his shepherd is watching steadfastly over him, protecting him and ready to rescue him from any trouble. David acknowledges the bountiful provisions of God in which he confidently counts on God’s blessings.
On the TV show COPS, the police stopped a man wanted in connection to the gang sale of drugs. On his shoulder was the tattoo “PSALM 23”. The police said some of the gang members would have the tattoo because of the words in PSALM 23, “I will fear no evil.” This criminal should also have read the words of Proverbs 3:7, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”, for he believed in himself and turned to evil. It is the reverence, the understanding of God’s great power, His wisdom, and all His other attributes that bring a respectful fear and a desire to avoid evil. Instead this man who the police caught stood on his own saying he did not fear evil while he committed evil acts himself. Let us pray for those who do not understand God. Pray they might come to believe in a Savior that can turn them from evil.