Daily Bread: Thoughts and Prayers from the Psalms
~ Psalm 23 ~
Do you long to be fully known? Understood? Accepted? Loved?
I do. And I suspect we all really do. Most often I have read and prayed Psalm 23 thinking of the way the God provides and cares for me. However, I don’t think I had a picture of the intimacy of relationship that these words painted until just recently.
“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out…
I am the Good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—
and I lay down my life for the sheep. ” -John 10: 14-15
Yes. I know this isn’t Psalm 23. We’ll get to that in just a sec.
I’ve been studying through the book of John recently and as I was praying Psalm 23, and writing this post, I couldn’t help feel the depth of Jesus’ own words…
“I am the Good Shepherd; I KNOW My sheep, and My sheep know Me!”
-> “know” (ginṓskō) – to know, especially through personal experience
(as in first-hand acquaintance).
Not only is He good.
Not only does He shepherd each of us.
Not only does He lay down His own life for us
Not only does He know (through personal experience) us intimately.
Not only does He allow us to know (by first hand acquaintance) Him.
BUT we get to have the same “ginosko” relationship with Him, that He has with the Father! Isn’t that life changing?!?
So as we pray Psalm 23 together today, THINK about your Good Shepherd! The One who knows you! The One who calls you out by name!
And so we can say,
Jesus, our Good Shepherd…
I long to know You, as You know me.
It is sure that Your
I hear Your voice.
How good it is to
Lead me to
into green pastures & quiet waters
where Your presence will
RESTORE my soul.
along paths of
for my good
for Your glory.
the valley where
the shadow of death
YOU ARE WITH ME.
And I am
PROTECT and DIRECT
me with your rod and your staff.
With you, I will have
the table for us
as my enemies watch.
YOU anoint my head !
GOODNESS and LOVE
will follow me
ALL the days of my life.
And I will
in your house
~Read or Listen to Psalm 23.
I’ve really been enjoying Shane & Shane’s Psalms Vol. 2 this week.
Here’s their version of “Psalm 23″~
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~Praying Psalm 24 is next!
~Praying the Psalms Table of Contents~
–Psalm 2 & 3
–Psalm 6 & 7