Psalm 23: The Lord, Sheperd and Host
A psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff that give me courage.
You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.
Jesus is the Good Sheperd. This song by David explains how Jesus looks after us with tender care, taking care of all of our needs. He is our loving protector. This can be read as a prayer, wherein we recognize Jesus’ great love for us.
For further reading about Psalm 23, you may enjoy:
A Shepard Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller is a great commentary that dives into the meaning of the Psalm from the perspective of how a shepherd takes care of his sheep.
If you are searching to find a way to start reading the Bible, see Creating A Simple Bible Reading Plan for some ideas.
You can find some great resources recommended for growing in prayer here: Good Catholic Books to Read: Improve Your Prayer Life
Nunc Coepi: A Year of Prayer from Blessed is She is a book to lead you daily through a year of prayer. It contains Scripture selections, weekly reflections, and writings from Jean Pierre de Cassaude, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, Gabrielle Bossis, Saint Philip Neri, the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and Saint Francis de Sales. This book will help you to develop a habit of prayer and deepen your prayer life.