Psalm 23

A Psalm of David that speaks to our soul. It holds a special meaning for me because Holy Spirit gave it to me one night when I was wrestling for words to share with my mother, who had been in a very serious car accident. I knew God was with her. But, if He wanted her home, I didn’t want to hold on to her. If He wanted her to be with us, I didn’t want her to be released.

As I wrestled that night with the Father asking Him what I should tell her when I saw her, He spoke to me and said, “I am her Shepherd. She is my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. Tell her to listen to Me. Tell her that she knows my voice. If I tell her to fight, she should fight. If I tell her to come home, tell her it’s okay.”

I shared those words with my mom the next day. She was in a coma, and was for many days following. Moments were tense along the way, not knowing if she would make it. However, I had a complete peace that the Father was going to do exactly what HE wanted, because even in her physical state, her spirit could HEAR HIM. Her spirit was LISTENING to HIS voice because He is her Shepherd.

My mother is alive and well today. That day was 16 1/2 years ago. Doctors said she probably wouldn’t walk. She walks. She didn’t think she would travel to Israel 4 years ago, but she did and I was able to take her to places I never dreamed she would see. I released her to the Father because of the words below. HIS WORDS of TRUTH.

Friends, read these words with new understanding. HE is taking care of you. He is watching over you. HE is bringing peace to your soul.

There are two versions below. Both are favorites of mine, even after memorizing it from the NIV. May they be a blessing to you today. May they provide you with a new DEPTH of His love.

Psalm 23 Complete Jewish Bible

(0) A psalm of David:

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Adonai is my shepherd; I lack nothing.

He has me lie down in grassy pastures,

he leads me by quiet water,

he restores my inner person.

He guides me in right paths

for the sake of his own name.

Even if I pass through death-dark ravines,

I will fear no disaster; for you are with me;

your rod and staff reassure me.

You prepare a table for me,

even as my enemies watch;

you anoint my head with oil

from an overflowing cup.

Goodness and grace will pursue me

every day of my life;

and I will live in the house of Adonai

for years and years to come.

Psalm 23 The Passion Translation Version

David’s poetic praise to God

The Lord is my best friend and my shepherd.

I always have more than enough.

He offers a resting place for me in his luxurious love.

His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.

That’s where he restores and revives my life.

He opens before me pathways to God’s pleasure

and leads me along in his footsteps of righteousness

so that I can bring honor to his name.

Lord, even when your path takes me through

the valley of deepest darkness,

fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace.

The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

You become my delicious feast

even when my enemies dare to fight.

You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;

you give me all I can drink of you until my heart overflows.

So why would I fear the future?

For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.

Then afterward, when my life is through,

I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!

I know this is a chapter we have all read over and over. However, I believe that both of these versions take it a step deeper and really give us an insight into WHO God is for us.

The Complete Jewish Bible does its best to take us to the true understanding of the Hebrew message that was intended because the writers of the Bible were Jewish and had that identity and heritage they lived.

The Passion Translation was recently written and has received critical attention. I appreciate what the author has done with the language. I believe it truly brings a PASSION to the Word of God that can be missing in other translations.

I would not use it as a historical document that understands all the Hebrew idioms and lifestyle, but in the case of Psalm 23, read it. Soak in it. Let it just wash you with HIS LOVE.

So many people are experiencing trauma and fear because of the Covid19 scenario that has affected the world. It has placed many into radical scenarios and situations. This leaves many people in financial situations, depression, and anxiety.

Friends, the words above are what we NEED to hold onto. We need to know deep within us:

Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have!

You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.

Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear.

I’ll never be lonely, for you are near.

The last line is TRUTH. Speak it. Claim it for yourself. Know that HE is your Shepherd and wants YOU taken care of.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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