Psalm 23 only has six verses, but they are so full of meaning that entire books have been written about them. A preaching pastor could easily preach a four or five part sermon series from this beautiful psalm.
So what can I say in a short blog post that would be new or different or could measure up to the great theologians who have written about it?
I did have this thought. The 23rd Psalm is so familiar, and we have heard it so often - usually at funerals - that we've come to the place that we just, kinda, ignore it. Familiarity doesn't necessarily breed contempt, but it can breed apathy. Or we relegate this psalm to funerals.
So what do you do when you find yourself skimming over a familiar passage of scripture? Here are a few ideas.
|A fresh look at Psalm 23|
- Pray. Ask God to show you something new or how to apply it to your life or how you can use that passage to encourage someone else.
- Read it out loud. You'll hear things that your brain might skip if you read silently.
- Read it from several different translations. I've read Psalm 23 from the NASB for years. Before that KJV and probably NIV. Today I read it from the NLV.