Psalm 23 is one of the most well known chapters in the Bible. Yet, even so, do we really understand what it means? A fresh look at this very familiar passage might be just what we need to hear as a church. Author Harold Kushner in The Lord is My Shepherd summarizes Psalm 23 like this, "In just a few lines, it conveys the distilled wisdom of generations, offering us a way of seeing the world that renders it less frightening, teaching us to deal with the loss of people we love and with conflict with people who don't like us or who treat us badly. It shows us how to recognize the presence of God at times and in places where we might think God was absent or when we might be so distracted by our own concerns that we would overlook God’s presence. It has the power to teach us to think differently and, as a result, to act differently."
For about 6 months, I was struggling with hearing from God as to what He was leading us to learn about Him this summer. After praying and seeking counsel, God helped me realize He was guiding to Psalm 23, a chapter I was continually drawn to during this time of seeking. Now that several weeks have passed since this decision, He has confirmed it over and over again. My prayer is that God will use this summer’s messages to encourage and restore you as we look at how our Good Shepherd cares for us.