Psalm 23 Prayer


Psalm 23, often referred to as the "Shepherd's Psalm," is one of the most well-known and beloved psalms in the Old Testament and is attributed to King David. This psalm is frequently recited, sung, or prayed in both Jewish and Christian religious contexts due to its themes of trust in God's guidance, provision, and protection.


The background of Psalm 23 is rooted in the pastoral and agrarian culture of ancient Israel, where shepherds were a common sight, and their role in caring for and protecting their sheep was well understood. The metaphor of God as a shepherd and the believer as a sheep is a powerful image that conveys the idea of divine care, guidance, and protection. This metaphor is also used by Jesus in the New Testament when he refers to himself as the "Good Shepherd" (John 10:11).


Psalm 23 is composed of six verses that express the psalmist's faith and confidence in God's presence and support, even in the face of adversity or danger. The psalm emphasizes God's role as a provider, protector, and source of comfort and peace, which has made it a popular choice for recitation during times of stress, anxiety, or grief.

 

The text of Psalm 23 (New International Version) is as follows:

 

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.