Dwight L. Moody:
Nearly everyone can repeat Ps. 23 from memory, but not everyone from the heart.
Perfect satisfaction. V.1.
Rest, quietness. V.2.
Restoration, guidance. V.3.
Consecration, joy. V.5.
With me — the LORD.
Beneath me — green pastures.
Beside me — still waters.
Before me — a table.
Around me — mine enemies.
After me — goodness and mercy.
Ahead of me — the house of the LORD.
Happy life. V. 1.
Happy death. V.4.
Happy eternity. V.6.
23:3. “He restoreth my soul.” “That’s a dead ‘in,” said an army doctor, as he pointed to one of the bodies in the trenches before Sebastopol. “Oh, no”said the body, “I’m worth a good many dead men yet.” And the “dead ‘um” is now Lord Wolseley.
23:4 You may talk about Jesus, but as soon as you get into the valley you will talk to Him.
A shadow will not hurt, but the shadow of a dog means a dog somewhere around.
23:5 Wherefore south the LORD make your cup run over, but that others might taste the liquor?
23:6 The Shepherd leads, and goodness and mercy bring up the rear.
All God’s children have two doorman, goodness and mercy, coming on behind them.
The names of God illustrated by Psalm 23
Ps.23:1 Jehovah-reah, the LORD my Shepherd.
Gen. 22:14 Jehovah-jireh, the LORD will provide.
Judges 6:24 Jehovah-shalom, the LORD send peace.
Ex. 15:26 Jehovah-rophi, the LORD that healeth.
Jer. 23:6 Jehovah-tsidkenu, the LORD our righteousness.
Eze. 48:35 Jehovah-shammah, the LORD is there.
Isa. 58:11 Jehovah-nakah, the LORD will guide thee.
Isa. 1:9 (Rom. 9:29) Jehovah-sabaoth, the LORD of hosts.
Ex. 17:15 Jehovah-nissi, the LORD my banner.
Jer. 51:56 Jehovah-gemulah, the LORD of recompense.