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The Good Shepherd | Psalms | Old Testament


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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.

The Psalms are poems and hymns of worship and praise. We open by visually depicting Psalm 23, which teaches us about the loving care of the Lord. Sure, the writer could have just said.

In these verses that Jesus takes care.

Of us always, but instead, he powerfully paints a beautiful picture in our minds.

Of the ways the Savior cares for us.

A good shepherd will do everything in their power to protect their sheep and provide them with food and safety, just as the Lord does for us.

The scary valley of shadows is where.

Predatory animals menacingly lie in weight to attack. But the shepherd uses his rod and.

Staff to ward off predators and keep his lamb safe.

We, like these lambs, can be protected.

And comforted when the good shepherd is with us. Now, David, who slew Goliath and became a great king, was also a wonderful poet who wrote songs and put them to music with his liar and other stringed instruments. He’s credited with writing 73 of the Psalms, including the three we’re discussing today.

To further understand the Psalms, let’s learn.

The difference between Greek literalism and Hebrew symbolism. Today, Western civilizations are raised with the same Greek literalistic view of life taught by Socrates and the Greeks around 400 BC. It’s the way most of us think, speak, and see the world. Like, I’m hungry, I want an apple. However, David and the other psalmists taught.

Using Hebrew symbolism, which includes incredible imagery.

So instead of just coming out and saying something, they might wax poetic. My stomach yearns for the delicious red orb, whose nectar, like a feast, slays my great hunger. The Hebrew symbolism contains multiple layers, often explaining the same idea in different ways, teaching through repetition, parallelism, opposites, and contrasts.

To help us see deeper meanings and higher purposes.

So sometimes it’s necessary to take the.

Psalm and dissect it.

Let’s take psalm number one and explain some of the parallelism, contrasts and repetitions that happen in it.

Dissection begins in three, two, one.

In verse one, put yourself in this person’s position.

David says, Happy is the person who.

Doesn’T follow unrighteous or negative people who walketh not in that way.

Then verse two repeats the same idea.

From a different angle as someone who.

Loves and follows the Lord and the.

Scriptures or delights in the law of the Lord.

In verse three, he paints a picture.

With words likening you and me to.

A productive, healthy tree in a good location.

Then in verse four, he paints the opposite picture. Those who don’t follow God are being.

Blown all over the place.

Verse five parallels verse four, stating differently.

What happens to those who don’t follow.

God, giving extra emphasis to the original thought.

In verse six, he again shows both.

Sides, contrasting the righteous with the ungodly.

Remember, with such symbolism built into every psalm, there are many other layers of.

Meaning to discover in each one. Have fun exploring.

Another suggestion to help us understand the.

Psalms is to try reading them from.

Different versions of the Bible.

You can find them online, so let’s.

Study Psalms 22 from the New American.

Standard Version, which is a modern English translation.

This psalm contains an amazing messianic prophecy.

Of what would happen to Christ, and.

It was fulfilled exactly.

My strength is dried up like a piece of pottery, and my tongue clings to my jaws. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near. There is no one to help.

I am despised by my people. They divide my garments among them, and they cast laughs for my clothing. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? A band of evildoers has encompassed me. They pierced my hands and my feet.

But you, Lord, do not be far away. You who are my help, hurry to my assistance.


The Lord found strength in the Psalms.

And so can we. Next time we’ll explore some of the.

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The Good Shepherd

Psalms 1-2; 8; 19-33; 40; 46 | August 8-14

The Book of Psalms is a collection of 150 songs, prayers, and other compositions. Many of the Psalms in this section remind us of the importance of righteousness, repentance, and redemption through our Savior, Jesus Christ. We learn that “blessed are all they that put their trust in him,” and “he that hath clean hands and a pure heart” shall “stand in his holy place.” Many of these Psalms were written by King David, who had made mistakes and knew about repentance and the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. David wrote many Psalms praising Jesus Christ, and some that prophesied of Jesus Christ and His life in the future. 

David wrote, “the Lord is my shepherd.” David knew that Jesus Christ loves us and protects us, just as a shepherd cares for and protects his sheep. We can choose to be part of His fold and follow the Good Shepherd.


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Psalm 23: 1–3 

“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.”


  • What are the Psalms?
  • Who wrote many of the Psalms?
  • What did David write about in his Psalms?
  • How is Jesus Christ like a shepherd?


“The Good Shepherd—our true shepherd—is always good. Within the fold of God, we experience His watchful, nurturing care and are blessed to feel His redeeming love. He said, ‘I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.’ Our Savior has graven upon His palms our sins, pains, afflictions, and all that is unfair in life. All are welcome to receive these blessings, as they ‘are desirous to come’ and choose to be in the fold. The gift of agency is not simply the right to choose; it is the opportunity to choose the right. And the walls of the fold are not a constraint but a source of spiritual safety.” Randy D. FunkGET THE FULL LESSON >

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Write Your Own Psalm

Use the provided stationery to write your own psalm and illustrate it. You can write about what you’ve learned about Jesus Christ in these Psalms and what it means to you. Work together to create a family psalm, or let each family member create their own!

Family Activity


Shortbread Shepherd’s Crooks

Psalm 23 teaches that the Lord is our shepherd. Make these delicious shortbread cookies shaped like shepherd’s crooks and talk about how Jesus is like a shepherd.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd, Hymn# 108

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