Psalms: Nourishment for the Soul (part seven)
Psalm 23 is one of the most beloved and familiar chapters in the Bible. In it, David describes God as his Shepherd who tenderly cares for him. David understood what it meant to be a shepherd. Not only had he once been a literal shepherd with sheep, but ancient kings often viewed themselves as shepherds over their people. Being a sheep under the direction of a loving Shepherd-God meant a carefree life under the watch care of a careful Master. The metaphor captures the intimate side of our relationship with God, who lovingly protects and provides for His trusting followers.