Psalm 23: A Passage Of Comfort

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In II Corinthians 1:3-4 (ESV), the Bible says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

This is very encouraging because the Bible doesn’t say “…God of some comfort…” or “…comforts us in some of our afflictions…” No, the Bible clearly uses the word ALL because the God of the Bible is merciful and represents absolute love and compassion. 

The idea of comfort and companionship is seen throughout scripture and is something that differentiates Biblical Christianity from other religions. Even better, despite our flaws, God loved us enough to provide atonement through the gift of Jesus Christ. 

This world is full of hurt. It’s also full of anguish and uncertainty; and based on current events, I believe times are going to get tougher. 

Thankfully, the Bible is full of comforting passages. For me, the book of Psalms is what I read the most because I’ve witnessed the comforting truths played out in the lives of many people including myself.  

In Psalms, the 23rd chapter is taught to Sunday school students around the world. For us grown-ups, though, it’s something we weren’t exposed to or totally forgot about. It’s a short passages and says this:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, 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 goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23, ESV)

There’s a lot to encourage here. No matter the hardship, no matter the danger and no matter the uncertainties of this world, God is absolutely, one-hundred percent capable of holding our hand through the depth and despair. 

God Bless.

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