1 ¶ <<A Psalm of David.>> The LORD is my shepherd; I shall
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.
Only Six verses, one small paragraph, yet one very personal descriptions of the relationship between the The LORD and His servant David. In 1Samuel 16: 11 the prophet Samuel goes to Jesse to anoint one of his sons to be king over Israel. The first seven sons pass by and are rejected by The LORD. Samuel asks Jesse if ho had seen all his sons. Jesse replies, " There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep." From his youth David was a shepherd. He writes this psalm from a shepherd point of view, knowing the dedication the shepherd must have in caring for his sheep. David displayed the courage a shepherd had to have to defend his flock and the intimate knowledge of the nature of sheep the shepherd had to have to keep his sheep healthy and productive. David, this specially equipped man, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit penned this psalm to tell the world about his LORD.
Today this Psalm is usually seen as telling about the relationship between Jesus and New Testament Christians and it does show the relationship The Lord Jesus Christ want to have with each of us and His local church. This Psalm is first and foremost about the relationship the LORD desires to have with His chosen and beloved people the Jews, the nation of Israel.
The sheep - what nature tells
The Shepherd Life
A psalm of David - A heart of a shepherd
David and his Shepherd
Isaiah and the twenty-third Psalm
David a type of Christ