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Psalm 23 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: May 1, 2023

On this Fourth Sunday of Easter we read and reflect on the image of God, in Christ, as the one who loves and cares for God's people as a shepherd cares for the flock. The image of God as host, (the one who shares hospitality and grace) is also an important image of Psalm 23. We will reflect on the meaning of these images and how we interpret their meaning in our worship and in our lives as Christians.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Book of Psalms. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Psalm 23).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the Scripture for this week, using the link above. Psalm 23 is a well known and much beloved psalm (often used with the King James Version translation) because it speaks of comfort during difficult times, but the psalm's last two verses speak of God as "host." How do you think the images of "shepherd" and "host" both provide the believer with comfort and an understanding that a loving God is always with us?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the author's statements of the "communal meal" with God. How does this both provide comfort and strength for us in our lives? What do you think of the author's statement, "To be near God is to be fed?"

  • Read the "WHERE..." paragraph below and reflect on some reasons why you believe Psalm 23 has become so popular to be read at a funeral service.

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below and reflect on the idea that God is the one true source of our safety and well-being. Does the author make any points in this paragraph to help you in your reflection of seeing Jesus as Shepherd and Host?

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