Psalm 23 – The Lord Is My Shepherd

God has different names in the Bible that describe Him and help us know Him better. For example, Psalm 23:1, in Hebrew, calls God “Jehovah-RO’I” which means “The Lord my Shepherd”. God shepherds His people, He takes care of them. The verse adds, “I shall not want.” In Genesis, God is called “Jehovah JIREH”, which means “The Lord who sees and provides.” Since God sees and provides, “I shall not want”. In just 6 verses, Psalm 23 describes God in at least ten different ways that line up with ten of the “redemptive names of God” found in the Bible. This one Psalm teaches a lot about God! No wonder people love the 23rd Psalm so much! Compare this Psalm and these names for the Lord:

The LORD is my shepherd;
JEHOVAH-RO‘I – The Lord my Shepherd
(Psalm 23:1)

I shall not want.
JEHOVAH-JIREH – The Lord who sees and provides.
(Genesis 22:14)

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM – The Lord gives peace
(Judges 6:24)

He restoreth my soul:
JEHOVAH-ROPHEKA – The Lord that heals you
(Exodus 15:26)

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
JEHOVAH-ZIDKENU – The Lord our righteousness
(Jeremiah 23:6)

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH -The Lord is there
(Ezekiel 48:35)

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
JEHOVAH-NISSI – The Lord my banner of victory
(Exodus 17:15)

thou anointest my head with oil;
JEHOVAH-MEKADDISHKEM – The Lord that sanctifies you
(Leviticus 20:7,8)

my cup runneth over.
JEHOVAH-MANAH – The Lord my portion
(Psalm 16:5)

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
JEHOVAH-CHELEQ – The Lord my inheritance
(Psalm 119:57)

This song can help you remember “redemptive name” characteristics of God found in Psalm 23.

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LYRICS: Psalm 23 – The Lord is My Shepherd
Song by Dale Reichel

The Lord is my shepherd, He sees and provides
The Lord brings us peace, He heals and He guides
The Lord leads us right, So we know how to do
The Lord is my shepherd. He’s faithful, He’s true

The Lord brings the victory, He sanctifies
So we can be healthy and wealthy and wise
The Lord’s always with us, He’s never asleep
The Lord is my shepherd, His word I will keep.

Though times get hard and the sky dark and stormy
I will fear no harm, For He’s always with me
Surly goodness and mercy will leave me never,
And I’ll live in the house of the Lord forever

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11 Replies to “Psalm 23 – The Lord Is My Shepherd”

  1. Fred Goff

    Great to be directed to your site. Sharon and I have such wonderful memories of your time in Oklahoma. I opened a music school with a friend of mine 12 years ago and so music is a big part of my life. It is a blessing to see and hear you play again. I am looking forward to getting the sheet music and seeing what you have coming to us in the future. All our love and prayers to you and Cathy.

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Fred, What a joy to hear from you!!! Thanks for visiting MusicMinister. Hope you enjoy the sheet music. The next song of the 3-part Genesis set should post VERY soon. I think you’ll recognize the content better than most! God bless ya!!! -Dale 🙂

  2. Amanda Dodson

    Beautiful song! I recently read this Psalm in a study I’m doing about David and was amazed at how he was able to have such an amazing attitude during such a hard time. I did not know all that about the names being more or less defined in the verses. What a comfort to have those names to remind us of who God truly is in our times if trouble. Will be learning this song with the kids! Thank you!

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Amanda, Thanks for your comments and kind words! I’m hoping you’ll get the sheet music offered free at the bottom of the page, and get in on email updates when new things are posted. God bless you lots! -Dale

  3. Elana

    Thank Uuuu. John did not mention that you are an instrumentalist too-ooo. Wow! He is faithful… Thank you Mr. Reichel.

    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Elana, Thanks much for visiting and commenting. I’d be delighted if you would click the button to request a free copy of the Psalm 23 sheet music, and share ideas or suggestions for other songs you’d like to see. Thanks again! – Dale

  4. Hannah Tomlinson

    WOW what a beautiful song! I have always loved this Psalm, but I never knew all this about the names of God relating to the different verses. THANK YOU for making this available!


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