A God-Centered Look At Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is known by many within the church and without. My grandmother has already asked for this Psalm to be read at her funeral. It is dear to many people.
As I read through it once or twice, I noticed the many things that God, as our Shepherd, does for us. Almost sounds too anthropocentric [Man-Centered] (I just read that word in a book the other day, so I thought I’d use it!). Example being verses 2 & 3: He makes me to lie down…He leads me…He restores my soul…He leads me in the paths of righteousness. But then the end of verse 3 gives us a right jerk back to the ultimate purpose of this, “For His name’s sake”. Is this not the purpose of any of God’s works? Ephesians 1 is a great example. Three times in the long list of “spiritual blessings” we are given is the reason: “to the praise of His glorious grace” (vs. 6, 12 & 14; see also vs. 5, 7, and 9).
As I teach my children about God’s creation (Who created the heavens and the earth... the trees...the flowers...the moon...the rocks...the mud...the anteater...the lightning...and you? I must be sure to teach him also, “WHY did God create these things? For His own GLORY!”
Lord, my Shepherd, help me to stay theocentric [God-Centred] in every minute aspect of life. As the saying goes, It’s all about You.

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