Psalm 23:4-6 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
“He says therefore, ‘Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.’ It is as though he would say: ‘In all of my anxieties and troubles I find nothing on earth that might help to satisfy me. But then God’s Word is my rod and my staff. To that Word I will cling, and by it I will raise myself up again.” Continue reading
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.” Continue reading
I’m currently trudging my way through Luther’s Works Volume 12 “Selections from the Psalms.” Because of this, I want to share with you; verse by verse; some of Luther’s insights from Psalm 23 over the coming weeks.
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
“In this single word “shepherd” there are gathered together in one almost all the good and comforting things that we praise in God.”
“The voice of this shepherd… with which he speaks to his sheep and calls them, is the Holy Gospel… Continue reading