Psalm 23:1-6

God takes care of his people

23:1As a young man, David was a shepherd. He knew that God took care of him, like a shepherd takes care of his sheep. God is like a guide. Jesus said that he is the good shepherd, like this psalm tells us. If we believe in Jesus, we become like one of his sheep. We can say, ‘The Lord is the shepherd who takes care of me.’

1 The Lord takes care of me,

like a shepherd with his sheep.

I have everything that I need.

2 He takes me to green fields where I can rest.

He leads me to streams of water where I can drink.

3 He gives me new strength in my life.

He is my guide to the right paths.

He does this to show that he is good.

4 I may walk through a valley that is as dark as death.

But I will not be afraid of any danger.

This is because you are with me, Lord.

Your stick and your shepherd's pole make me feel brave.

5 You prepare a big meal for me while my enemies watch.

You put olive oil on my head.

You bless me so much that my cup is completely full.

6 I am sure that you will always be good to me.

You will love me all the days of my life.

That will never change.

I will live in the Lord's house for as long as I live.