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Art: "Psalm 23: He Restores My Soul" by Barbara Nelson. barbaranelsonart.com
Psalm 23 read by Lois Melkonian, Wellshire member.
"Oil" by Wellshire staff member Timothy Mietty. "My Cup Runs Over" artist unknown. "Psalm 23" by Richard Waldron. www.richardwaldron-art.com "Moment of Peace" by Yongsung Kim. www.christgallery.com “Psalm 23: He Restores My Soul” by Barbara Nelson. www.barbaranelsonart.com “Psalm 23” by Mike Moyers. www.fineartamerica.com
It is almost certain that Psalm 23, the Good Shepherd Psalm is the most well-known and beloved psalm in the Bible. The popularity of this psalm is undoubtedly related to the attraction of the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. (One example, from Mark 6:34: As [Jesus] went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.) The psalm makes special reference to the sacraments of baptism and communion as well as the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (Christ in the Psalms. Reardon, Patrick)
Psalm 23 acknowledges the evil lurking in the world, but fear does not overcome. Rather, God’s companionship is exalted; God brings rest, guidance, protection, hope, abundance, blessing, and security. Can we reorient ourselves to this confidence and trust in God today?