In this beautiful psalm, David describes the LORD as like a gracious shepherd who protects us and provides for us.
A Psalm by David.
shepherd. The Lord Jesus Christ is our shepherd:
John 10:14. I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and I’m known by my own.
Hebrews 13:20. Now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an eternal covenant, our Lord Jesus,
1 Peter 5:4. When the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the crown of glory that doesn’t fade away.
I shall lack nothing. When the nation wandered through the desert, they lacked nothing.
Isaiah 49:10. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun strike them: for he who has mercy on them will lead them. He will guide them by springs of water.
He restores my soul. God can heal our brokenness.
Psalm 121:7. The LORD will keep you from all evil. He will keep your soul.
Your rod. A rod was a club used to fend off wild animals.
your staff. A staff was a stick used to keep sheep from wandering off.
prepare a table before me. That is, God provided for David.
anoint my head with oil. In those days, people had a custom of pouring oil over the head of an honored guest.
the LORD’s house. That is, the sanctuary.
forever. The Hebrew word is לְאֹ֣רֶךְ (“lə·’ō·reḵ”). It means forever, forevermore, long, so long. In this context, it probably means “for the rest of his life.”
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