David And Psalm 23
Of all the people in the bible, David was one of the most devoted to the Lord. He constantly sang to the Lord in praises and thanksgiving, in times of despair, sorrow, and victory. He knew God is behind everything, and he knew God was loving and all good. The collections of his songs were compiled into a book, called the book of Psalms, which is the thickest book in the bible. Reading through the book, you will see what kind of a man David was and his deep and intimate relationship with the Lord.
Among the many psalms that touches my heart, Psalm 23 is the most inspiring.
The provenance of Psalm 23 may be estimated to have been written in the wilderness at the time of David’s flight from Absalom, some might believe, but some like myself, believe this was written during the time when he was being hunted down by Saul due to the latter’s jealousy to his rising fame and the threat of the latter’s possibility of losing his kingdom arising from this. During this time, David was really lost and hurt at this time, for he was loyal to the holy anointed king and yet he was treated like a criminal and outcast.
If you read through the contents of the psalm, you will see how great and steadfast David’s faith was.
King James Version (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 this psalm, David makes a convicted and bold claim that there is nothing in this world that he needs except the Lord. Everything can be taken away from him except the Lord, and he will still be happy and contented.
The Lord provides him a life of comfort, inner peace, and joy regardless of what situation he’s in, even amidst times of despair. sorrow. and loneliness.
The Lord heals his soul and cleanses him from sin, and guides him into the righteous way of life. Here he is saying the Lord is compassionate, understanding and forgiving, as well as loving.
The Lord provides him protection in times of danger and in situations where his faithfulness is put to the test.
He makes a bold claim that he fears nothing as long as the Lord is with him.
The rod and staff symbolize power and discipline. David is perceived as saying he finds comfort in His divine power and in being disciplined. This is a humbling statement stating that he prefers to be disciplined than be out of the Lord’s graces, and he is thankful for being corrected in times of his mistakes, rather than be abandoned by the Lord.
David remains convicted in his faith by saying the Lord prepares a table for him in the presence of his enemies. He is full of hope.
The Lord consecrates David, and blesses him abundantly. David goes on saying that goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life.
He makes a last statement saying he will dwell in the Lord’s ways forever. for here is where he finds security and comfort. David, although at times sinned against God, had always repented and returned to the Lord. He was a good man.
Such is God to David in David’s eyes. I am sure David is more than that to God. So are we.
We can have an intimate relationship with the Lord too, by setting a time to pray to Him, and reading the bible. You can never understand Him if we don’t read the bible. Being aware of His omnipresence, applying what we learn into our lives, and making Him part of our lives and in every decision that we make, makes us have a relationship with Him.