In “The Twenty-third Psalm”, David says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
What is this passage really about? It’s about what happens when you really trust God. In Acts 13:22, it says that David was a man after God’s own heart. What did David do to touch God’s heart? He trusted Him. He fought lions and wolves, because he knew God was taking care of him. Heck, he fought Goliath, calling him an uncircumcised Philistine, and whipped him, because David knew God was taking care of him. He trusted that God would take care of him his whole life, even when he did really bad stupid things like go to bed with Bathsheba and then have her husband Uriah killed in battle. In spite of David being a ‘regular’ person who sinned like the rest of us, God called him “A man after My Own Heart”, because he trusted Him. The 23rd Psalm is David telling what happens when you trust God, when you really and truly, with all your heart, trust God.