Psalm 23 is among the best-loved chapters in the Bible. It is shorter than Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, which is only 272 words and lasted two minutes. You can read Psalm 23 in less than sixty seconds. However, it will nurture your heart for a lifetime.

The shepherd’s song stands alone among the classics in poetic literature. But this song makes its way into our hearts not because scholars praise it. We love it because every word—all fifty-five of them in the original Hebrew language—points to a way the Shepherd of our soul satisfies us.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” In other words, He guarantees my satisfaction. The rest of the psalm unpacks this amazing truth.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG