Summary: In “The Journey of Faith” from Psalm 23, we experience: 1) God’s provision (Psalm 23:1–3) and 2) God’s protection (Psalm 23:4–6).
On our recent family trip in Quebec, we had the wonderful opportunity to travel through old Montreal. We strolled down the vibrant waterfront, toured historic buildings like the Notre Dame Basicillia, experienced the food in the abundant café’s, saw the art and heard the many public concerts. One thing we weren’t expecting, besides the insane drivers and prolific construction, was the Pokémon GO craze. Montreal police were called to intervene after hundreds of Pokémon GO players congregated at Cabot Square, a downtown parkette next to a subway station, Wednesday night to catch a rare Pokémon. (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/lives-in-jeopardy-montreal-police-intervene-after-rare-pokemon-appears-at-downtown-square) Pokémon GO is an augmented reality smart phone app. It takes live images of the real world and adds elements to them. One player remarked: “the community aspect of the game is a big draw. Players join one of three teams once they reach Level 5, and Tackaberry and his co-workers all play together on the same one — the blue team, Team Mystic”. (http://www.guelphmercury.com/whatson-story/6774283-pokemon-go-players-explain-the-appeal/)
Christianity centers in Jesus Christ and a called community—the people chosen by God to be faithful to God’s purposes and standards. God’s people, chosen in Christ, are a special treasure of God and are intended to be a redemptive witness to the good news of Christ. There are both wonderful joys and distracting dangers as the people of God journey together by faith.
Psalm 23 reflects a journey of faith for David. The psalm is written consistently from the perspective of the sheep; that is, its expression of trust and confidence presupposes an awareness of helplessness and need on the part of the one who trusts. In a distinctive fashion, the psalmist has set forth the fundamentals of the covenant relationship, not in terms of Lord and servant, but in the more intimate language of shepherd and sheep (Craigie, P. C. (1998). Psalms 1–50 (Vol. 19, p. 209). Dallas: Word, Incorporated.).
The inspired superscription of Psalm 23 is entitled “A Psalm of David”. It can be considered a Psalm from, for or to David. It can be ascribed to him reflecting his faith because of his vocation as a shepherd (1 Sam. 16:11), and because of the intense personal relationship with God evidenced here. Scholars have categorized this psalm as a “psalm of confidence,” because it expresses a faith stemming from a confidence in God. David’s faith is centered on the person of God knowing who God is and what He can be counted on to do. From this, we can understand how to have a faith that can be strong regardless of the circumstances. In “The Journey of Faith” from Psalm 23, we experience: 1) God’s provision (Psalm 23:1–3) and 2) God’s protection (Psalm 23:4–6).
1) God’s Provision(Psalm 23:1–3)
Psalm 23:1–3 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (ESV)