Psalm 23: Looking at the Character of God, Part 1

by Karin Peavy on January 4, 2016

in Empowerment, Encouragement, Relationship With God

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psalm 23: looking closely at the character of god

Psalm 23 is one of the world’s most beloved and favorite Psalms. And, no wonder. Psalm 23 introduces all of God’s character and what He is willing to do for us when we trust Him.

King David, who had once been a shepherd, is the writer of Psalm 23 and provides much imagery so that we can see how God’s character plays out in our lives.

The Psalm begins with a powerful statement:

The Lord is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1). God is portrayed as a Shepherd. Our God is Jehovah Rohi, the God that watchfully cares for us. Did you know that the Lord’s eyes are always on you? When you cling to Him by trusting in His promises and following His path, He keeps you in all your ways.

I shall not want (Psalm 23:1). Our God is also Jehovah Jireh, the God that Provides. Philippians 4:19 tells us that our God will supply all our needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus. What do you need today? Healing? Finances? A new home? Whatever it is that you need, God is more than enough to give it to you. Don’t be moved when your prayer is not answered right away. Keep focusing on Jehovah Jireh. Keep your eyes on His promises. Press into having a relationship with God. Learn to love the Giver more than the gift and God will manifest your desire at the perfect time.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters (Psalm 23:2)

We are now introduced to Jehovah Shalom, which means the God of Peace. Peace is portrayed as a lush green meadow and a clear stream. Both bring to mind thoughts of refreshment.

Life is hard at times. We often hit those places where we have to pick up our spiritual weapons and fight. We experience discouragement, disappointment and loss. But we DO NOT have to be overwhelmed. We can call on Jehovah Shalom. 

Shalom is not only the absence of turmoil; it means completeness and wholeness in every way. Someone once said it this way: nothing missing, nothing broken.

He restoreth my soul. Now we see Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord that heals. God can deliver us from grief and sorrow, the ravages of disappointment and heartache. He can restore our physical bodies to the way He designed it to function. Isaiah said, Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Make Psalm 23 a daily declaration. Say, the Lord is my Shepherd. I will not lack for anything. He fills my life with green meadows of peace. I am complete in Him. There is nothing missing, nothing broken. The Lord is at work in my soul and my physical body healing and restoring me to the way He designed me. 

Stay tuned for Part 2!



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