The 10 Powerful Lessons from Psalm 23 You Need to Learn Now!

These are the best lessons from Psalm 23 no one has told you. Discover these lessons and how to apply them in your life!

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Do you ever wonder what lessons we can learn from Psalm 23?

Most people are familiar with this popular psalm and yet, only a few really know what it means. Knowing the deep and profound meaning of Psalm 23 will unlock the great understanding of what it means for God to be your Shepherd and you as a sheep in His fold.

This is the main reason that you need to know the incredible lessons from the 23rd Psalm. Read on and get a better insight on how Psalm 23 can make a difference in your relationship with your Creator.

Psalm 23

Before I go through the lessons, I would like to quote Psalm 23 for your reference as well as inspiration.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

The 10 Powerful Lessons from Psalm 23 You Need to Learn Now!

What are the lessons we can learn from Psalm 23?

Lesson no. 1: It is Yahweh and Yahshua (Jesus Christ) who serve as our Shepherd

To appreciate the beauty of Psalm 23, it is imperative for us to first identify who the Shepherd is referred to in this chapter. In my previous blog, I mentioned who the LORD is. (Be sure to read, “What does the LORD is my Shepherd mean?”)

The Shepherd David is referring here could be God the Father or Yahshua. It could also be both of Them. Isn’t it wonderful and marvelous to think that it is the most powerful Beings in the entire universe, the Creator of all things, the Giver of life, are the same Beings who promised to be our personal Shepherd?

I can’t even wrap my mind around this very fact that the Supreme and Almighty God, the same God who rules the universe, will take notice of a mortal human being made of dirt. Though powerful, God sent His Son to offer us salvation and gives us the opportunity to be part of their divine Family.

Now, King David didn’t invoke any gods or idols in the land. He didn’t call on Molech, Baal, Marduk, Amon, Asherah, Dagon, Chemosh or any useless pagan gods! Your personal Shepherd is none other than God Himself!

With this in mind, there’s really nothing to fear or worry about. For God said, “He will never leave us nor forsake us” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

So be at rest, it is God who will take care of you.

Lesson no. 2: We must gain godly contentment

After King David mentioned that it is the LORD, the Yahweh, who is his Shepherd, he went on to say, “I shall not want.”

“Want” in this passage came from the Hebrew word chaser, meaning “to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need” (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Definition).

King David is telling us because it is the LORD who is our Shepherd, there’s nothing else that he wants. He doesn’t lack anything. Having God in your life is more than enough!

Since God is your Shepherd, all your needs are met. There’s nothing that escapes from His attention. He perfectly knows what you and I need before we even ask for them! Whether it would be a physical or spiritual need, God will readily meet them.

Psalm 23 is teaching you the importance of having godly contentment in life. It is sad to see how many people seem not to be satisfied with what they have. They thought that if only they can have more money, be more successful in their career, to have a better car, bigger house, or newer gadget, they would be happy.

However, once they attain their goal, they still feel unsatisfied. They look for another goal to chase and the vicious cycle just starts over and over again.

Now, I’m not saying that having a goal and dream in life is bad. My point is that if you don’t have God in your life, nothing would ever satisfy you.

You know why? Because the void in your hearts can’t be filled with physical things, but only spiritual things. Our spiritual yearning and thirst can only be satisfied by our Shepherd.

No doubt, the Apostle Paul was right when he wrote:

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6).

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God leads us to the still waters and assuages both our physical and spiritual needs! (Photo by joseph d’mello on Unsplash)

Lesson no. 3: God provides our needs

As a Shepherd, God provides all our needs. King David wrote in verse 2:

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.

What beautiful imagery!

The margin says green pastures would also mean “pastures of tender grass.” You see, God will not only offer us our needs, but He gives us also our desires. Yes, we can live as a sheep on any type of grass, but in Psalm 23, God will even provide us the best type of grass for us to eat!

Pasture here would also mean as a place of habitation, dwelling, and rest. God does not just give us food, but also a shelter. He ensures that we can comfortably lie down in the green pasture.

Food isn’t the only thing that God will provide for us. He also leads us beside the still waters. The margin says, waters of rest or clean water.

Isn’t it amazing how David specifically describes what type of water God is giving us? When God gives us something, it is not simply something to assuage our thirst, but it also comes with peace, tranquility, and stillness.

You can just imagine the importance of having a continuous supply of water as you live under the Middle Eastern sun.

As you can see, God will always provide our needs. Whether it would be food or water, He will give that to us along with other desires of our hearts!

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Lesson no. 4: God strengthens us

As long as we live in this physical body, we will always get tired, stressed, and exhausted. Thankfully, we can always go to our Shepherd to for additional strength.

King David wrote in verse 3:

“He restores my soul.”

Sometimes, in the busyness of life, we tend to be anxious, wearied, and worn down. God will rejuvenate us physically, emotionally, and most importantly, spiritually!

Lesson no. 5: God teaches us how to live this life

In God’s love and mercy upon you, He didn’t simply leave you with nothing but instinct. He provides you with instruction on how to live this life. Like a piece of machine that comes with a user’s manual, God didn’t leave us in the dark to experiment our way to righteousness.

David wrote:

He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

God wants only the best for us and the best way to live this life is to stay on the paths of righteousness. So many people run the opposite and wonder why they are not happy. The problem is that they take the wrong path.

God gives us the Bible, His instruction manual, to help us know how to live this life. He guides us to righteousness, which yields the best return of blessedness.

It is interesting to note as well that God leads us in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. We do this not for ourselves, not just because we want to enjoy life.

To be honest, walking the paths of righteousness won’t always make you happy. It is a tough road to take. In fact, it is the road less taken.

Christ told us:

 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

While the path we take could be difficult, it is the only path that ultimately leads to life. Therefore, if God tells us to do something – guiding us to the paths of righteousness – make sure we listen because it will ultimately be for our own good.

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God protects us from both seen and unseen dangers. (Photo by FOYN on Unsplash)

Lesson no. 6: God protects us from danger

David amazingly describes through these words how it feels like to go through trials:

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil” (verse 4).

David knew that as long as He is doing what is right and even if that leads him to his death, he shall fear no evil.

God is the best and only the best Protector there is. He is always in control. Can you imagine living life without God’s divine protection? That’s really frightening!

So many perils, threats, and risks looming all around us. In just a blink of an eye, things can easily get dangerous. People would even die in their sleep!

King David added:

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.”

Thankfully, God will protect us from danger. David very well understood it and even wrote one Psalm 91 to describes God’s unmatched protection. To know more, please read “20 Most Surprising Lessons from Psalm 91 You Probably Never Heard Of.

Even in the midst of danger, we can still have peace because God is our Shepherd. Even in the midst of our enemies, God would prepare a table. He would provide not just supplies, but also comfort.

Lesson no. 7: God is always with us

David continues to write:

“For You are with me” (verse 4).

David has a strong confidence and faith in God that no matter what happens, God will never leave him. Whether he would be lying in the green pasture or going through the shadow of death, he has the full assurance that God is there to take care of Him.

Joshua 1:9 added:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Lesson no. 8: God is good

Because God is our Shepherd, goodness will follow us.

We read:

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life” (verse 6).

This goodness emanates from God Himself. Romans 2:4:

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?”

God is good and because of this goodness, we are not consumed with anger. He is ever patient, loving, and merciful. Because of God’s goodness, we are led to repentance. We are always given a chance to repent and change our ways.

Lesson no. 9: God is merciful

Aside from goodness, God is also merciful (verse 6).

Goodness and mercy are almost related. You can’t be good without mercy and you can’t be merciful without goodness.

King David knew how much mercy he needs. Throughout his life, he has made a lot of bad decisions in life. Worst of the sins he committed were adultery and murder.

If God wasn’t merciful, he could have already been dethroned. He could have already lost his salvation. He could already have been dead.

The same mercy is also extended to us today. Notice how David talked about God’s mercy:

“Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD” (Psalm 25:6-7).

Psalm 23. lost sheep.

God is not willing that anyone should perish. When we are lost, He is willing to sacrifice even His Son to bring us back. (Photo by Red Morley Hewitt on Unsplash)

Lesson no. 10: God rewards those who follow Him

The ultimate joy for every follower of God is “to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” God rewards those who make Him their Shepherd. No more a visitor or temporary dweller, but you will be a permanent resident in God’s house.

Those who refuse to follow God or be part of His sheepfold won’t be part of God’s family. God won’t allow rebellious, stiff-necked, and wicked human beings in His house. That’s why the house of the LORD is only reserved for His children – those people who have sought God and follow His will in their lives.

The reward of the righteous won’t be another perishable crown. It won’t be money, wealth, prestigious titles, or a successful career. Those earthly things, even if you combine them all together, pale into comparison when compared to the great reward God has in store for us.

II Corinthians 2:9 tells us:

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Romans 8:18-19 added:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are NOT worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.”

If you are suffering right now, if you believe that running the Christian race isn’t worth it anymore, or if you simply want to give up already, remember these verses. Whatever you are experiencing right now, they are NOTHING compared to the great and indescribable reward God has prepared for us!

Is God your Shepherd?

With all these lessons mentioned in this blog, I hope you now have a better grasp of what it really means for God to be our Shepherd. Of course, these lessons would be nothing if it only stays in your head and not be translated into your life.

So, be at rest in the presence of our good Shepherd. Choose to stay in the sheepfold of God and live under His care. That would be the best decision you’ll ever make!


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