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A professional speaker recited Psalm 23 and people went wild with applause. A saintly old man quoted it, no one applauded, but tears filled their eyes. What made the difference? The first speaker knew the psalm; the second knew the Shepherd. Psalm 23 describes the all-inclusive care God has for those who belong to Him: “The Lord is my shepherd”—a powerful relationship. “I shall not want”—a full supply. “He makes me lie down in green pastures”—perfect rest. “He leads me beside quiet waters”—refreshing water. “He restores my soul”—healing. “He guides me in paths of righteousness”—the guidance I need. He does it “for his name sake”—this gives my life purpose. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me”—faithful protection. “Your rod and staff comfort me”—discipline with purpose. “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”—hope in times of trouble. “You anoint my head with oil”—honor and significance. “My cup overflows”—super-abundance. “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life”—never-ending blessings. “I will dwell in the house of the Lord”—confidence from unbroken intimacy with Him. “Forever”—an eternal relationship. No wonder we love Psalm 23.

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