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The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want(Psalm 23)

Monday Psalm 23: 1 (NRSV)
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

When a Bible uses the word LORD in all capital letters, LORD is standing in for YHWH, the name of God, which could be loosely translated “I am.” Sometimes a translation will use the names Yahweh or Jehovah instead of the designation LORD. (See Exodus 3:13-15 for the first reference to and use of this.)

Psalm 23 is a song that was written by King David.

What do you think David means when he says that God, who created the world, is his shepherd?

What do you think it means when David says, “I shall not want”?

Is this first verse this true for you?

Why or why not?

Tuesday Psalm 23:2 (NRSV
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

What do you think David means when he says God makes him lie down in green pastures?

What do you think David means when he says God leads him beside still waters?

Are the statements true for you?

Do they match your experience?

Wednesday Psalm 23:3 (NRSV)
He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

What do you think David means when he says God restores his soul?

What do you think David means when he says God leads him in right paths for his name’s sake?

Are the statements true for you?

Thursday Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

What do you think David means when he says God’s rod and staff comfort him?

When you walk through the darkest valley, do you fear no evil?

Are God’s rod and staff a comfort to you?

Friday Psalm 23:5 (NRSV)
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

What do you think David means when he says God prepares a table in the presence of his enemies?

Is it true for you that you eat in the presence of your enemies, that you are anointed with oil, and that your cup overflows?

Saturday Psalm 23:6 (NRSV)
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

What do you think David means by this statement?

Is it true for you?

Reread the whole psalm. What part gives you the greatest comfort or hope?

Two weeks ago we recommended an exercise to try:
1) Pick any gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John)
2) Read a chapter a day
3) Do what Jesus tells his followers to do.

Did you try it? What was your experience?

What are have you done this week because of Jesus?

What do you want to do next week because of Jesus?

What do you need help with?


Check out other Bible Studies and videos for 2013 or messages for 2012 or messages for 2011.


La Jolla Lutheran Church is a member of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, a fast-growing association of churches that believe the Bible. Other LCMC churches in the San Diego area include Penasquitos Lutheran Church at 14484 Penasquitos Drive; and St. Timothy Lutheran Church at 2602 Reo Drive. Check the list of more than 800 congregations to find an LCMC church near you.

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible (NRSV), copyright, 1989, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S. A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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