God in the 23rd Psalm

In his delightful book The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God, Elmer Towns explains that “as each name of God is unfolded, a new source of strength is revealed to His people.”[1] He includes a chart which shows how “Psalm 23 is structured to show that our needs are matched by the caring response of God.”[2] That chart is excerpted below:

Verse 1: The Lord is my shepherd

Jehovah Roi, the God who sees

Verse 2: I shall not want

Jehovah Jireh, the Lord shall provide

Verse 2: He leadeth me beside the still waters

Jehovah Shalom, the Lord our peace

Verse 3: He restoreth my soul

Jehovah Rophe, the Lord our healer

Verse 3: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness

Verse 4: I will fear no evil

Jehovah Nissi, the Lord my banner

Verse 4: Thou art with me

Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is there

Verse 5: Thou anointest my head with oil

Jehovah Medaddishkhem, the Lord who sanctifies you

What an astonishing God we have. May you be blessed and strengthened in your faith as you read and pray through this Psalm.

[1] Elmer L. Towns, The Ultimate Guide to the Names of God (Baker Publishing Group, Kindle edition), p. 27.

[2] Ibid.

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