I admire people who can sing.  Even though I am not musical, I understand how music speaks to us. Music can fill in the gaps in a movie to make us frightened or it can bring us great relaxation.

The Bible contains many poems and songs in a book called Psalms (pronounced salms ~ the “p” is silent).  One of the most famous and beloved psalms was written by King David who was a shepherd boy chosen by God to be a great King of Israel.

Bible Reading     

Psalm 23 ~ A Psalm of David

23:1    The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not be without any good thing.
23:2    He makes a resting-place for me in the green fields: he is my guide by the quiet waters.
23:3    He gives new life to my soul: he is my guide in the ways of righteousness because of his name.
23:4    Yes, though I go through the valley of deep shade, I will have no fear of evil; for you are with me, your rod and your support are my comfort.
23:5    You make ready a table for me in front of my haters: you put oil on my head; my cup is overflowing.
23:6    Truly, blessing and mercy will be with me all the days of my life; and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
23:1    ( 大 卫 的 诗 。 ) 耶 和 华 是 我 的 牧 者 。 我 必 不 至 缺 乏 。
23:2    他 使 我 躺 卧 在 青 草 地 上 , 领 我 在 可 安 歇 的 水 边 。
23:3    他 使 我 的 灵 魂 苏 醒 , 为 自 己 的 名 引 导 我 走 义 路 。
23:4    我 虽 然 行 过 死 荫 的 幽 谷 , 也 不 怕 遭 害 。 因 为 你 与 我 同 在 。 你 的 杖 , 你 的 竿 , 都 安 慰 我 。
23:5    在 我 敌 人 面 前 , 你 为 我 摆 设 筵 席 。 你 用 油 膏 了 我 的 头 , 使 我 的 福 杯 满 溢 。
23:6    我 一 生 一 世 必 有 恩 惠 慈 爱 随 着 我 。 我 且 要 住 在 耶 和 华 的 殿 中 , 直 到 永 远 。

In the 23rd Psalm, we see

  • rest and refreshment (verse 2)
  • healing, restoration and guidance (verse 3)
  • testing with protection and faithfulness, discipline with comfort (verse 4)
  • gives us hope that we are set apart for a purpose and in that purpose, there is abundance (verse 5)
  • blessings and security, even into eternity (verse 6)

Discussion

  1. What do you know about sheep?  Fun facts about sheep
  2. What words in this psalm teach us about God’s love?  God’s care?  God’s total sufficiency?
  3. Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  John 10:11   Do you know what Jesus meant by these words? “lays down his life”

Word List

  • Psalms – a sacred Christian/Jewish song or hymn in Christian worship; a book of the Bible (If you open to the middle of the Bible, it usually opens to this book.)
  • shepherd – one who protects and cares for sheep
  • sufficiency – to have enough

A Psalm of Praise
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know that the LORD is God: it is he that made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 100:1-5