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Our Daily Bread每日箴言: Psalms 诗篇 23:1 耶和華為牧者 (Lesson 1 on Psalm 23)

By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2009-2013

In this entry and the following few entries, we will cover Psalm 23.  A lesson on Chinese-English Bible verse (Psalm 23: 1) will be provided after the reflection in this entry.

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (Audio reading of Psalm 23)

Footnote: Psalm 23:4 Or the valley of the shadow of death

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Gospel Music: Psalms 23 in English

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Gospel Music: Psalms 23 in English–The Lord is my Shepherd

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John Piper has given two great sermons on this topic; to listen to his sermons, please go to:

John Piper’s Sermon on Psalm 23 (Part I)

John Piper’s Sermon on Psalm 23 (Part II)

I am going to create a series of lessons on Psalm 23, and we will begin our first lesson on the first verse of this psalm: “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” What does this verse mean to you–The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing? It seems clear that we can read the verse like this: If I acknowledge the Lord and follow Him, He would look after me as a shepherd cares for His sheep and I shall never be in want.

As Pastor John Piper said, here “I lack nothing” does not mean that staying close to Jesus our Lord, we shall never lack anything.  In the later verses, we know that there are times in our lives we have to walk through the darkest valley where it lacks things we desperately need: a job, health, love, etc.  A valley lacks “light” and “green pasture” and is fraught with dangers (thistles and thorns on the path and beasts of prey lurking at all sides). Even in the good times, we can’t have all the blessings at once.  Each blessing has to wait its turn, as Pastor Piper put it!

The valley alluded to in the psalm does not refer to a path we have been led astray. The shepherd will never forsake us and He is always there to guide us through the darkest valley. He is there to “guide me along the right paths for His name’s sake.”  With Him we shall fear no evil, for He is our shepherd, who will protect us from all harms, provide what he thinks is good for us, and guide us to a better place.

The bible has a lot to teach us how we should face life’s valleys?  It encourages us not to fear the trials and tribulations in life, but to embrace them as opportunities for spiritual/personal growth.  We are even encouraged to rejoice when times are tough for us. Pastor Piper is right in saying that in good times it is easy for us to like green pastures more than the Shepherd. It is true to say that only through hard times we learn to rely more on Him and stay closer to Him.

Here are some verses that illuminate why we should be like Paul or Peter rejoicing when faced with life’s “trials and tribulations.”

1 Peter 5:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Romans 5:2-5

New International Version (NIV)

through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

James 1:2-4

New International Version (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

When faced with trials and tribulations in our lives, remind ourselves of the following verses:

Philippians 4:4-7

New International Version (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

New International Version (NIV)

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Joshua 1:9

New International Version (NIV)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Romans 8:28

New International Version (NIV)

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Philippians 4:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9

New International Version (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

We will go through the peaks and valleys in life. When we reach the peak, let us give thanks to God for the blessings he bestows upon us and share our blessings with others. While in the valley, let us also give thanks to God and rejoice for the enriching opportunities to be restored, strengthened in faith, character, and hope. However, it is much easier for us to give thanks during the good times, but to be joyful in difficult times requires constant prayers and the anointing of His spirit to see things from His perspective.

“Lord, you are my shepherd. I shall lack nothing.” Truly, I shall lack nothing of what you think is good for me if I follow you and stay close by your side.

As Jesus said, “my sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10: 27).

Yes. Lord, your are my shepherd. I am your sheep.

David knew that by following Him, he shall never be in want; so do I:

my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

Language Lesson on Psalm 23: 1

每日箴言Our Daily Bread:

经文:诗篇23:1

Scripture:Psalm 23:1

New International Version (NIV)

 A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (Audio reading of Psalm 23)

诗篇 23: 1

Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Simplified) (CUVMPS)

23 大卫的诗。

耶和华是我的牧者,我必不致缺乏。(Audio reading of Psalm 23)

huá shì de zhĕ
1
zhì quē

詩篇 23: 1

Chinese Union Version Modern Punctuation (Traditional) (CUVMPT)

23 大衛的詩。

耶和華是我的牧者,我必不致缺乏。

诗篇 23:1

Chinese Contemporary Bible (CCB)

23 耶和华是我的牧者,我必一无所缺。

Vocabulary 生词

Simplified Chinese Traditional Chinese Mandarin Pinyin English Definition
大卫 大衛 Da4 wei4 David (name); Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), French neoclassical painter;
de5 of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis);
shi1 poem; CL:首[shou3]; poetry; verse; abbr. for Book of Songs 詩經|诗经[Shi1 jing1];
ye1 (phonetic ye);
he2 surname He; Japanese (food, clothes etc);
hua2 abbr. for China;耶和华 Jehovah
shi4 is; are; am; yes; to be;
我的 我的 wo3 de5 my; mine;
mu4 surname Mu;
zhe3 (after a verb or adjective) one who (is) …; (after a noun) person involved in …; -er; -ist; (used after a number or 後|后[hou4] or 前[qian2] to refer to sth mentioned previously); (used after a term, to mark a pause before defining the term); (old) (used at the end of a command); (old) this; 牧者shepherd
wo3 I; me; my;
bi4 certainly; must; will; necessarily;
不致 不致 bu4 zhi4 not in such a way as to; not likely to;
缺乏 缺乏 que1 fa2 to lack; to be short of; lack; shortage;

耶和华

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
耶和華 耶和华 huá Jehovah

“耶“的字源

”和“的字源

”华“的字源

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
shì is; are; am; yes; to be

”是“的字源

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
I; me

”我“的字源

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
de (possessive, modifying, or descriptive particle); of
really and truly
aim; clear

”的“的字源

牧者

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants Unicode
牛 + 4 8 mu4 tend cattle, shepherd 7267
老 + 4 8 zhe3 zhu1 that which; he who; those who 8005

”牧“的字源

”者“的字源

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
certainly; must; will; necessarily

”必“的字源

不致

Character Radical/Stroke Total Strokes Pinyin English Def. Variants Unicode
一 + 3 4 bu4 no, not; un-; negative prefix 4E0D
至 + 3 10 zhi4 zhui4 send, deliver, present; cause 81F4

”不“的字源

”致“的字源

缺乏

Trad. Simp. Pinyin English
缺乏 quē shortage; be lacking; to be short of; to lack; scarcity

”缺“的字源

”乏“的字源

Chinese Gospel Music 诗篇第23篇( Psalm 23  in Simplified Chinese)

 詩篇二十三篇 (生命河靈糧堂)

Uploaded on Dec 15, 2011
Lyric 歌词:诗篇第23篇(Psalm 23 in Simplified characters)
耶和华是我的牧者 我必不致缺乏
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
祂使我躺卧在青草地上
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
领我在可安歇的水边 (x2)
he leads me beside quiet waters,
祂使我的灵魂甦醒 使我灵魂甦醒
He restores my soul. He restores my soul.
为自己的名引导我走义路
He guides me in paths of righteousness
引导我走义路
[he] guides me in paths of righteousness
我虽然行过死荫幽谷
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
也不怕遭害
I will fear no evil,
因为你与我同在
for you are with me,
你的杖和竿都安慰我
your rod and your staff, they comfort me
在我敌人面前你为我摆设筵席
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
你用油膏了我的头 使我福杯满溢
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
我一生一世必有恩惠慈爱随着我
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.
我且要住在耶和华的殿中直到永永远远。
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

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Chinese Gospel Music 詩篇23篇 ( Psalm 23 in Traditional Chinese)

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Published on Oct 1, 2012
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詩篇23篇: ( Psalm 23 in Traditional Characters )

耶和華是我的牧者 我必不致缺乏
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

祂使我躺臥在青草地上
He makes me lie down in green pastures,

領我在可安歇的水邊
he leads me beside quiet waters,

耶和華是我的牧者 我必不致缺乏
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

祂使我躺臥在青草地上
He makes me lie down in green pastures,

領我在可安歇的水邊
he leads me beside quiet waters,

祂使我的靈魂甦醒

He restores my soul.

為自己的名引導我走義路
He guides me in paths of righteousness

我雖然行過死蔭幽穀
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

也不怕遭害
I will fear no evil,

因為你與我同在
for you are with me,

你的杖和竿都安慰我
your rod and your staff, they comfort me

在我敵人面前你為我擺設筵席
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

你用油膏了我的頭 使我福杯滿溢
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

我一生一世必有恩惠慈愛隨著我隨著我
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life.

我且要住在耶和華的殿中直到永遠。
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

耶和華是我的牧者 我必不致缺乏
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

耶和華是我的牧者 我必不致缺乏
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

不致缺乏
[I shall] not be in want.

耶和華是我的牧者
The Lord is my shepherd

你的杖都安慰我
your staff comforts me

你的竿也安慰我
your rod also comforts me

哈利路亞
Hallelujah!

我且要住在你的殿中…我的牧者耶和華…直到永遠
I will dwell in the house of the Lord…My shepherd Jehovah ,  forever.

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