In this past Sunday’s service, Pastor Mike opened up God’s Word to Psalm 23 and in doing so he allowed for us to understand the faithfulness of God as our Good Shepherd. Throughout his message we engaged the Psalm seeing the faithfulness of God to provide and protect His people.
As we continue in our Psalm series, let us be consistent in engaging God’s Word throughout the week. An article from Desiring God, able to be found at this link, provides a great connection to the satisfied one we see in Psalm 23, and the afflicted one we experience in Psalm 22 and the anointed one we find Psalm 24. This article is a great resource, especially in order for us to gain a better understanding of some of the other Psalms we will not be able to cover during our summer series.
Here is a brief excerpt from the article:
So we see affliction and a glimmer of hope in Psalm 22. We celebrate a victorious monarchy in Psalm 24. And Psalm 23 comes right in the middle. So what’s its role?
Psalm 23 serves as the bridge between affliction and triumph. Both for Jesus, and for us.
The pain of the afflicted one in Psalm 22 is translated into contentment and trust in Psalm 23. There is pain, real pain. Darkness surrounds this suffering one. Insults are blasted. The mouth of the lion opens wide. The wild ox readies its head for a jab. But God is the rescuer. God is the shepherd. He leads and restores. Even though the afflicted one walks through the valley of the shadow of death, God is there to guide and rescue and comfort (Psalm 23:4).
The afflicted one is forsaken, but not utterly forsaken. And therefore, the afflicted one doesn’t fear. In fact, he’s satisfied, he “shall not want.” God prepares a table for him in the presence of his enemies. They are so defeated that he will feast in front of them — he is more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). He is victorious, and God anoints him (Psalm 23:5). So he speaks, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Yes, even through the affliction. Even through the valley. Even through the grave. God’s goodness and steadfast love — God’s unswerving faithfulness — will pursue me to the uttermost.