Psalm 23, Introduction

Written by Julie

On January 10, 2023

Do more beloved words exist? Framed and hung in hospital halls, scratched on prison walls, quoted by the young, and whispered by the dying. In these lines sailors have found a harbor, the frightened have found a father, and strugglers have found a friend.

Max Lucado, “Introduction”, Safe in the Shepherd’s Arms: Hope and Encouragement from Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known passages from the Bible. I believe it was one of the first Scriptures I memorized (and still have memorized). You can find its words, its metaphors, its imagery all over the place.

It is well-known and well-loved.

But do we really know it?

I’m not talking about “do we know the words?”, because I know we do. So many people know what it says and can probably recite it perfectly.

But what does it mean? What is its message?

We know it well. . . Do we perhaps know it “too well“? Have we become calloused to it? Do we actually think about it and learn from it, or do we just let the familiar words/thoughts wash over us?

…I pray that we will not allow its familiarity to lessen the utter beauty of it. …

Kristin Schmucker, “The Lord is My Shepherd: Psalm 23,” Delight: A Walk Through the Psalms | Psalms 1-30

“The utter beauty of it.” Psalm 23 is only six short verses, but oh, it is packed full of beauty, goodness, etc.

Come join me as I endeavor to share that beauty. Read, comment, share your thoughts or thoughts you’ve heard from others–I’d love to hear whatever you have to say! 😊

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Julie

Julie

Hi, I'm Julie, a 17-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a senior in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for three years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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