1 [This Psalm is one of the most familiar Psalms in the Bible. We read its very beautiful words. From it, we hear an indication of good things. It comforts us in times of trouble. Yet we don't have a clue as to what it is really saying. To show the true gospel, the true hope, the true salvation — all described in the incredible meaning of the words of David speaking from the Spirit of God, I have commented on every verse in the footnotes below.]
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters.2
3 He restores my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.3
10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom, and will gently lead those who are with young.
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep. [To be one of His sheep, you must belong to Him, be free from all sin, and be in union with Him. From the Word of the Lord within: "If you are still sinning, you belong to sin and not to Me. Listen to and obey my voice; listen to my sweet words of wisdom. If you pay attention and obey, it results in union with God. He joins with our cleansed nature. We must become like Him to merge with Him."]
12 The hireling [working for a salary] does not own the sheep like the [good] shepherd; so when he sees a wolf coming, he leaves the sheep and flees. Then the wolf seizes the sheep and scatters them. [The hireling is a preacher taking a salary, soliciting contributions, or soliciting love gifts; he works for money, and he is not leading the sheep because of his love for them. So, when any danger threatens, he abandons the congregation. In contrast, because a good shepherd loves the sheep, he will risk his life to save the sheep. A true preacher is authorized by the Lord, has been perfected by the Master, and the Lord dwells in him, guiding his every action and his every word.]
13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling [working for pay], and does not love the sheep.2 [Jesus spoke against preachers who work for money, as did Peter, as did Paul, as did Jude, as does the Old Testament.]
14 I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, as I am known by my sheep; [Many profess to know Jesus and be known by Him; but by the next verse, His sheep and He know each other like the Father and Jesus know each other.]
|Revelation 7:17 |
17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will feed them, and will lead them to living fountains of waters; and God will wipe away all tears from their eyes."