Jabal in spring, Dhofar province of Oman

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.

He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul.

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness  for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:

For Thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff  they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence  of mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;  my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Cross overlooking the Dead Sea in Jordan

 

Psalm 23, from the Old Testament, often just referred to as “The Lord is My Shepherd,” is the most loved of all the psalms,  revered by Christians and Jews alike.

But while the language is soothing and as musical as a Shakespearean sonnet, one must look beneath the lines in order to discover their meaning.

Foremost is to accept the Lord as our guide to shepherd us through the undercurrents of life.

The green pastures and still waters symbolise the things He will teach us on the journey to set our spiritual lives in order.

Essentially to love one another and though at times we may walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death” to fear no Evil.

And if we believe, and follow His example for righteous living during out time on Earth, at the end of life there will be a place for us in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Read more:

http://newchristianbiblestudy.org/bible/story/the-23rd-psalm/latin-vulgata-clementina