Grandma’s Ol’ Time Favorite

“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need” -Psalm 23:1 (NLT).

In all of literature, ‘Psalm 23’ is by far, one of the greatest, most-notable psalms that we’ve come to love. It has a short, concise, and sweet message. Holding only six verses, it allows all readers to easily study and remember it. The first part of the psalm is the most recognizable of all, with its very distinctive opening line. We have all that we need because the Lord is our Shepherd. Amen.

Written by David, a shepherd boy, who then later became known as the Shepherd King of Israel; he wrote this piece from the point of view of a sheep and how it would think and feel about his/her shepherd. With these words inspired by the Lord, his writing has helped many troubled souls, and has healed countless generations, even now and forever the Bible will stand.

‘Psalm 23’ is considered the pearl of the Book of Psalms and it is believed to be 1,000 years old. It is found in the third-most part of the Christian Old Testament. It originated from the Hebrew language, which over time, translators have come up with many variations of the Bible, such as the NIV, ESV, NKJV, RSV, NLT, and ISV versions, among other versions to help us understand the Holy Bible. David, more than likely, wrote ‘Psalm 23’ during his kingship, which began over the tribe of Judah in 1000 B.C. And in 2021, it still stands strong in our modern day culture.

The psalm is a classic, known globally, and it was as beautiful then as it is now. This is a relic that hasn’t aged. The words off of that page are breathed in by hurting people across all nations, aching for their hearts to be mended and healed. People know that once they turn the page to this psalm, they are fully trusting God to help them get well, as it is soothing medicine to the soul. My late grandmother knew this as well.

Her name was Elvira and she was a woman of God who showed characteristics of a disciplined person who loved God. No matter what happened, she always made room to serve the Lord with gladness. She used to sit down with my mom and talk about God. I remember she had a little book with pages next to her Bible. The pages were brown and old-fashion looking similar to this photograph. It might have been a hymn book. This reminds me of her so much. I still remember she tried to teach me and my siblings about God but we were too young to care. We didn’t want to listen to her, but now that I have that memory embedded in my heart, I value it.

I value her effort, her strength, and her resiliency. She diligently kept moving forward and persisted in her walk to faithfully abide in the Lord. She was always ready to go to church to receive the message from God by the local pastor twice a week. At times, when I would go with her, we would sit towards the front of the church. When a few people were done giving their testimonies, I would see her stand up and go to the front of the church and recite ‘Psalm 23’ with all of her strength even at 80+ years of age. My grandma spoke it in Spanish, and it really was her favorite psalm from her Bible. I saw how happy it made her and that is what true peace is-faith in Jesus.

She held on to her faith in God until she passed away. She was 88 years old and was always on fire for God until the end, no matter the diseases that she had to endure. She knew that God was with her through the darkest valleys like Scripture says. My grandmother held on to this psalm in her heart and trusted the Lord.

I admire that about her so much. She taught my late mother about God, and later my mother taught me. I learned so much from both of them, to always trust in the Lord, read the Word, and have a real relationship with Jesus. Now, it is my turn to continue to teach my children about the importance of surrendering to the Lord. I saw her example since I was a child. I am blessed that both, she and my late mother, taught me about God and about this beautiful psalm, written by King David.


Psalm 23: (A Psalm of David)


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

It is certain that we do not have to worry about anything when we walk with God.

2 ‘He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

When we rest in Him, He is able to do good works in our lives so be still in Him

‘He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

God restores you back to health, giving you stronger, happier, healthier bones of zeal

‘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.

You may go through brokenness, pain, hurt, and disappointments but God is with you

‘Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.’

He prepares us a feast, anoints our head with healing oil, giving hope and restoration

‘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.’

He will help you experience victory and a peace that passes all understanding. Amen.


This correlates to us in the way that we are God’s children, the sheep and Jesus is our Shepherd, leading us on the right path to get to the house of the Lord in Heaven. This is why people cling onto these words, because we are clinging directly to God. Day in and day out, people are memorizing and reciting the words to this psalm because they are comforted by these words. Some artists have even turned it into a song for all to be blessed by it. I did manage to include a song sung live in one of my posts here on my website. You can go ahead and hear the song by going into my ‘Posts’ under the title: “Timeless Healing of the 23rd Psalm”

Thanks to David, we can all come together and share this psalm with the ones we love. May this little gem always cause you great joy to calm your soul from the tides of life. God bless you so!

Sincerely yours,

L. Joy Santa Cruz


References:

Bible Info, Accessed October 18, 2021 from https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/psalm-23-meaning

Holy Bible, King James Version: KJV Bible, Psalm 23

Holy Bible, New Living Translation: NLT Bible, Psalm 23


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Hi there everyone! You might know me from Daily Bible Quotes on social media. My name is Leticia Joy and I created this blog (Daily Joy) to hopefully inspire you to give your life to Christ. He alone can help you change and bring you into a deeper relationship with Him. Amen.

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