1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
(Psalm 23, NRSV)
I have the book pictured in my office. It is 144 pages on the 6 verses above. That is 24 pages a verse!
It is hard to imagine that one could expand that much on these verses that seem to be straight forward. But Mr. Keller opens up the meaning behind the oil and rod and staff in a way that makes the psalm come alive and means much more than it does on the surface.
The is the wonder of the psalms and all of the Bible. It has many meanings and impacts our lives in many different ways.
I recommend reading psalms daily and reading Mr. Keller’s book to see just how much God as our shepherd loves us.