Short Meditations on the Psalms: Psalm 23

Psalm 23  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 8
This may be read as a meditation of the Lord Jesus as He walked by faith in this world. He perfected the life of faith, the author and finisher of it, standing as chief among those who have obtained a good report by it. (See Heb. 11-12.) So that we may read Him in this Psalm.
He addresses Himself to His journey in fullest confidence, though it may prove a long and trying one. Every character of trial is successively anticipated—want of provision—need of restoration—the shadowy vale of death—the presence of enemies. But the resources of the hand that leads Him are felt to be equal to all, till the journey blessedly end in the house of the Lord.
The Lord knew restoration from soul-trouble in John 12:2727Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. (John 12:27); and then was He ready for the valley through which He went; till, in resurrection, His cup ran over, His table was spread in the presence of His enemies, and His head was anointed, or His consecration to office was perfected. And the kingdom by and by will display this cup, this table, and this anointing, here anticipated in faith by Jesus.
It may, however, be rather used as the language or experience of any believer. We, who are weak in faith, may long to realize such precious joy and liberty more and more richly.