Luther on Psalm 23:2-3

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Psalm 23:2  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

“At this point David would also say that God had shown him no greater grace and blessing on earth than this, that he was permitted to be at a place and among people where God’s Word and dwelling place and the right worship were to be found.”

“He [God] commits to the Holy Christian Church the office of a shepherd, entrust and gives to it the holy Gospel and the Sacraments, so that by means of these it may care for and watch over His sheep and so these sheep may be richly provided with instruction, comfort,  strength, and protection against all evil.”

Psalm 23:3  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

“The Gospel… is a blessed Word.  It demands nothing of us, but announces everything that is good, namely, that God has given us poor sinners his only Son and that he is to be our shepherd; he will seek us famished and scattered sheep and give his life for us, to redeem us from sin, from eternal death, and from the power of the devil.  That is the green grass and the fresh water with which the Lord restores our souls.”

“He keeps me in right doctrine [i.e. paths of righteousness], that I may not be misled by false spirits nor fall away from it because of temptation or offense; that I may know how I am to walk and live outwardly and not take offense at the holiness and the strict lives of hypocrites; and that I may also know what is right doctrine, faith, and worship.”

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