The psalmist relates his trust in God.
The psalmist trusts in God: “The Lord is my shepherd – I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me to water in places of repose.” (vv. 1b-2)
III. Select Verses
(The entire psalm.)
1b-3: The LORD is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to water in places of repose; He renews my life; He guides me in right paths as befits His name.
4-5: Though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness, I fear no harm, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff — they comfort me. You spread a table for me in full view of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my drink is abundant.
6: Only goodness and steadfast love shall pursue me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for many long years.
1b-3. Account of confidence
4-5. Affirmation of confidence
6. Expression of hope (personal blessing?)
No comment today. Stay tuned.
VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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