How should we understand Psalm 23?
As we know, Tehillim 23 is widely recognized for being a protective Psalm, but do you recite it with conscience and do you know how to understand it?
Let's see ...
"The Eternal is my Shepherd, I will lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green meadows, leads me to calm waters. He restores my soul, and leads me along the paths of righteousness, for the sake of of His Name and even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort them.
You have arranged a table in front of me, in the sight of my enemies, and you have anointed my head with oil and my cup is full, only good and goodness will haunt me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Eternal for long days.
(Tehillim - Psalm 23)
In this very special Tehilim, we can find great messages and one of them is that we can learn to acquire the full and complete Emuna in the Creator, knowing that everything depends on Him, even our own sustenance, and when we trust with the firm Emuna, then we will lack nothing .
The Creator will not make us rest in those green meadows "in the beautiful garden of the emuna" where even the most difficult situations we will not fear, because we know that everything is for the best!
But something that we must observe in this teaching of King David, is that, not only with "The staff" (which is like that scepter of the King that raises it over his concentrates to grace them) not only in those good moments we must rejoice, but still also with His rod we must do it! (in the time of corrections, tests and any difficulties that arise) even with this "rod" we must learn to console ourselves, knowing that it is the Creator who holds it, and does it to guide us on the right path!
When you receive "everything" with love and gratitude then you can rest on that garden without any fear, and say like the sweet Psalmist: "I will fear no evil because I know that You are with me and that everything comes from You"
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