Psalm 23 in the King James is a very encouraging Bible passage.
Psalm 23 King James Version
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
In this passage David a former shepherd himself takes the reverse role as a lamb throughout this scripture. We see here that David describes the Lord (Jesus Christ) as being our shepherd, we (his followers) are like sheep who without Christ would be unprotected and in danger of the many evils lurking in the world.
In Psalm 23 David talks about how as children(sheep) of Jesus Christ we will never need anything as the Lord will provide us with all we need. He has restored us from the grip of death and has saved us from eternal punishment. In Christ we will live a rich and abundant life, and because of what was accomplished with Christ’s death on the cross and with the help of the Holy Spirit we can walk in righteousness and through our actions and righteous living bring glory to God the Father.
Even when you come up against times in your lives where problems or situations seem unbearable, scary, impossible or beyond your capability of handling them you don’t have to be afraid or discouraged or fold and succumb to these times of hardship because the Lord is there to help you and give to strength to carry on, and overcome these times, even in the face of death.
When we choose to follow Christ and live our lives according to His will, goodness, and the mercy of God will be upon us for our entire lives. We will be happy and feel fulfilled, we will live a full long life filled with blessings and true purpose. In the end of our lives we will be rewarded with being with Christ our Lord, our shepherd for eternity in paradise.
The King James version of Psalm 23 paints us a picture of the benefits to living a life in Christ here on earth, and how much better, safer, and more abundant life can be for us. To top it all off, we also have the promise of being able to live the rest of eternity with Jesus Christ our Lord after we leave this world.