The longest book in the Bible has 150 chapters. The book is called Psalms [pronounced “salms]. The word “psalm” means sacred song or poem. Most of the psalms were written by David who was not only a poet, but also a warrior, a musician who played the harp, and the greatest king of Israel [circa 1000 BC]. He reigned for approximately 40 years.

One of the most famous chapters in the Bible is a psalm of David called the 23rd Psalm. Originally written in Hebrew, it has now been translated into many other languages. In English, we love the King James translation from 1611, because it is in old English which is poetic and beautiful. Many Christians have memorized the 23rd Psalm.

Bible Reading

Psalm 23 ~ A Psalm of David

Scroll of 23rd Psalm KJV
Four beautiful illustrations created by AI to describe Psalm 23

Discussion

When asked, “Please add some beautiful illustrations to Psalm 23,” CHATGPTAI  generated these four pictures in less than 10 seconds.

  1. Which verses in Psalm 23 do you think these four pictures describe?
  2. What is your favorite verse in Psalm 23?
  3. What does this verse mean to you today?
  4. What do you know about sheep?  Some facts about sheep.
  5. When Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11), what was He saying?
Psalm 23 in modern English

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.
Psalm 23 in Chinese

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 。

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