The true call of the church: Psalm 23

"Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"

Psalm 23 is probably one of the best-known Old Testament scriptures, but sadly its actual meaning has become trite and cliched for those who do not seek righteousness. It has been corrupted and thrown on the trash heap of popular culture, resurrected by horror movies where the hero boldly proclaims this in defiance of the villain. This is no good. Psalm 23 is the call of our age and the purpose of the modern church. The church shall gather their congregations to the shepherd through righteous teachings that are exemplified in this very important biblical passage.

Lets look at Psalm 23 line by line:
  1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    This establishes the relationship that we are to have with the Lord. One of a submissive follower who trusts in our keeper, because we know that He loves and cares for us. It also establishes that this relationship is solely sufficient and we need nothing else the material world may promise us.

  2. He maketh me to lie down in the green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    Continuing this analogy, sheep are restless and fearful. They will be on their feet and ready to flee when there is danger about. However, the shepherd calms the flock giving them a sense of peace. The evil is ever present, but the shepherd knows we are not in real danger. All our needs are fulfilled with green pastures and waters that are easy to navigate.

  3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
    Our soul is what is vulnerable and our relationship with God restores our soul to its rightful place, which is as children of God. Being obedient to God will lead us to choices that are righteous in His eyes and we will happily do this, not for exalting our human position, but for His glory. You will notice there is no commandment here to be 'good' for the sake of man, but to do righteousness for the Lord.