Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Lord is my Shepherd...

For the month of November, my class was studying the books of poetry from the Bible, focusing in on the Psalms and Proverbs.

At the beginning of the unit, I sent the students home with an assignment to interview a relative about their favourite Psalm. They had to explain why they liked this particular Psalm, and how it had helped them in the course of their lifetime.

Overwhelmingly, the students came back with Psalm 23 written on their assignment sheet.

At first, I thought this was merely because it is a popular verse; and thus the first that many relatives could think of.

However, after weeks of study of this Psalm (I gave memory work to learn the entire passage over the past three weeks), I have a new perspective.

This Psalm is a popular one for a reason. It is amazing!

Below is the NIV version of this Psalm with my favourite section in bold:

 1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
 3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
   for his name’s sake.
4 Even 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.
 5 You prepare a table before me
   in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
   my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
   all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD

This Psalm reminds me to always trust in God, because although walking through the valley of the shadow of death sounds pretty scary, I know I am always safe with Him by my side. 

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