The intention for this section of the paper is to present an expositional examination of Psalm 23, which will finally provide adequate evidence for arriving at a conclusion that proves the LORD is the only necessity in an individual’s life due to the character of a shepherd. Each verse will be analyzed separately with the intention of satisfying the hypothesis of the paper. Each verse will have a standard functional examination followed by exposition.
Here is how Spurgeon introduces Psalm 23, “There is no inspired title to this psalm, and none is needed, for it records no special event, and needs no other key than that which every Christian may find in his own bosom. It is David 's Heavenly Pastoral; a surpassing ode, which none of the daughters of music can excel. The clarion of war here gives place to the pipe of peace, and he who so lately bewailed the woes of the Shepherd tunefully rehearses the joys of the flock.”
The main function of verse one of Psalm 23 is to refer the reader to David, followed by the position of the LORD in his life. This verse is used as the bases for the next five verses where each of them lead back to the idea made in verse one. The sentence structure with the word shepherd in this specific context demonstrates a predicate participle. This means “is my shepherd” may be interpreted as security and companion in the usage. Though God is rarely called a shepherd, the idea was familiar and continued as a phrase of common opinion throughout the history of Israel...
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...ll the difficult times, as well as all the times of relaxation,
direction, shelter, and nourishment, goodness and mercy will come to a follower of the shepherd
throughout life. The verse ends by stating, “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” These
words from David are more than just a portrait, but a Truth forever since God has a “home” for all
believers throughout eternity. Jesus talked about this in John 14:2: “In My Father 's house are many
mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” The thanksgiving of
verse six is a sure rejoicing, not only currently but in the eternal home of the future. Verse six presents a
review of David, as a sheep, following the Lord, the shepherd. This verse ends the general lesson taught
in Psalm 23 of the Lord being the only necessity in an individual’s life.
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