My Week with Psalm 23

Nothing earth-shattering here. Just sharing my notes from the week.


Psalm 23

Observations
– Written in first person perspective.
– The metaphor changes at verse 5, from shepherd to host, unless I am to picture myself as a man throughout.
– Possibly the journey pictured is with the purpose of getting to the house of the Lord.
– The cup, and presumably the meal, is bountiful.
– The dwelling in Yahweh’s house is not forever; it is for life only.
– Yahweh does not allow me to remain in need.
– First stanza is about Yahweh; next stanza is addressed to Yahweh; last stanza is mixed.

Questions
– Am I to picture myself as a sheep, or as a man being led by a shepherd of men?
– Why is the table in presence of enemies? Does it mean some like “behind enemy lines”?
– Did he lead me through the dark valley, or did I go there on my own and he went with me?

Paraphrase
Yahweh is my guide, protector, and provider.
He provides for my food.
He provides for my drink.
He keeps me alive.
He is invested in making sure I journey the correct path.

Even when the situation is dangerous beyond all, I am not afraid.
You are with me there, guiding me and protecting me.

You feed me a fine banquet behind enemy lines.
You anoint me as special.
I have more to eat and drink than I really need.
I am blessed with a good life, a life in which I have been given mercy.
I will walk with Yahweh for my entire life.

General Sense
The Lord takes care of the writer every day in every way, even in terrible danger, even when enemies threaten. The writer responds by recognizing how blessed he is and by wanting to dwell with the Lord.

Central Emotion
Contented hopefulness

Formal Means

Metaphors
Lord–>Shepherd; me–>sheep(?)
Danger–>dark valley
Care/provision–>feeding

Goodness and mercy personified


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