This Psalm used to be one of the most memorized chapters of the Bible. It was probably the only chapter that most Christians knew by heart. I love it because it teaches us about the nature of God. I suspect that God revealed these truths to David while he sat alone at night tending his sheep.
Here is what I have learned from David’s reflections.
God is a personal caretaker of all who listen for His voice. “The Lord is my shepherd” (vs. 1)
God is the great provider of our needs. “I shall not be in want” (vs. 1).
God is a divine and perfect leader. “He leads me beside still waters” (vs. 2)
God provides constant opportunities to renew one’s faith. “He restores my soul” (vs. 3)
God is always around interacting in our life. “For you are with me” (vs. 4).
God ultimately wins. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies” (vs. 4).
God is intent on us reaching the highest ethic possible. “He guides me in the path of righteousness” (vs. 5).
God is good and loving. “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life (vs. 6).
God is eternal. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (vs. 6).