1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 

He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 

He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. 

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 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 have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and often-quoted passages of Scripture. 

You may even have the entire chapter memorized. But knowing, hearing, and doing don’t always align. You can know a lot about airplanes, but that doesn’t make you a pilot. We can know these words from memory, but that doesn’t mean we believe them. 

James 1:22 warns against deceiving ourselves in this way; we are not to merely listen to the Word, but we are to also do what it says. We must be changed from the inside out. We must be devoted followers who hide God’s truth in our hearts. Once we know the Word inwardly, we apply it to our lives outwardly.

How is your life impacted by this psalm about the Good Shepherd’s protection? From the moment our Savior was born, we were given hope. Even His name Emmanuel—which means “God with us”—is a reminder of His trustworthiness. He is always there for us. He was with us yesterday. He is with us today. He will be with us tomorrow. He is not going away.

  • In what ways has God helped you today? This week? This month? Have you thanked Him for it? Have you told others about it?
  • Which part of this scripture resonates with you most right now? Why?
  • Praise God for His guidance and care. Get alone somewhere and say this passage out loud. Pray God’s Word back to Him. Meditate on each verse and feel His reassuring presence as you do.