by Rex Yancey

An Exposition of the Twenty Third Psalm
Rex Yancey

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want. The LORD is my shepherd. That is his divinity. The Lord is my SHEPHERD. That is his humanity. He is both sovereign and sympathetic at the same time. He is in heaven, yet he can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He has experienced troubles, trials and temptations and he can sustain us when we have those same things. The Lord is MY Shepherd. It is personal. He knows my name. He shepherds me. He protects me and provides for me. He nurtures me and cares for me. "Blessed assurance Jesus is mine, O what a foretaste of glory divine, heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of his spirit and washed in his blood."

I shall not want. The Jews started their writings with a summary statement. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." That sentence is complete within itself. However, Genesis one, two and three explain that summary statement. "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want." That sentence is complete within itself. However, the rest of the Psalm is an exposition of that summary statement.

David wrote this Psalm from his background. He had spent much of his life as a shepherd. He knew the challenges, dangers, and rewards of being a shepherd. He knew how listless the sheep can be in the middle of the day in the hot Palestinian sun. He had been both a host and a guest and knew the customs of the day. So he used his background to describe what his Shepherd meant to him.

I will be forever grateful to Angel Martinez for many of his insights on the twenty third Psalm. He befriended me during my evangelism days and was a source of great encouragement.
"He makes me to lie down in green pastures." Shepherds would never allow their sheep to lie down in green pastures. They would allow them to graze and then take them to barren places to rest. Otherwise, they would continue to eat while resting and deplete the su ...

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