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Book of Psalms
King James Version
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
1 The figure representing Jehovah as a shepherd and His people as sheep, is common in the Scriptures. To understand and appreciate the beauty and meaning of the imagery, one must know the hazardous nature of the Judean wilderness, and the intimate life the shepherd and his sheep, especially the devotion that springs up between them during the many hours of solitude that they spend together. The statement I shall not want displays absolute trust in God.2
2 The Good Shepherd leads His sheep beside the still waters only the better to prepare them for the strenuous activities of the open road. God grants hours of refreshment to enable men the better to meet the hard battles of the daily round of affairs.2
3 To restore the soul is to revive it or bring it back from its errors and wandering3. Those familiar with the rough terrain of Judea know how easy it is to waste time and suffer serious mishap when traversing the highlands, with deep rocky ravines, if they do not find the right path. If we permit, God always leads us in the right way, although at the time that way may not seem easy. God's guidance is a revelation to men of His character.2
5 Jehovah is even more than a shepherd - He is a king, lavishing upon His guests the bounties of His table. He also provides comfort and gladness. Since God is the host, His child can partake at His feast without concern for his enemies, for he knows that their plots to injure him must come to nought.2
6 David gladly anticipates Gods' guidance in the future and is confident that he will continue to be a guest in God's house all the days of his life and receive His material and spiritual blessings.2
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
2. SDA Bible Commentary Vol 3 pgs. 685-687
3. John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible - http:// bible. crosswalk .com/ Commentaries
4. Jamieson, Fausset, Brown - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible- http:// bible. crosswalk .com/ Commentaries
5. Catholic Encyclopedia - www.newad vent.org /cathen /12533 a.htm