One of the best ways to meditate on Scripture is to break it down into phrases and detail the meaning. This can help you to better understand the text and to apply it to your own life. 

To meditate on Psalm 23: 1-6 using this method, start by reading the passage slowly and carefully. Then, choose one phrase to focus on. 

Once you have chosen a phrase, take some time to think about its meaning. What does it tell you about God? About yourself? About the relationship between God and you? 

You can also try to visualize the phrase. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like? Visualizing is one of my favorites— it’s really soothing.

As you meditate on the phrase, ask God to speak to you through it. What does He want you to learn? How can you apply this truth to your life? 

 Application using Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV) 

Verse 1: The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 

Meaning: God provides everything I need. He is my source of sustenance, security, and guidance. 

Application: I can trust God to provide for me, even when I am facing difficult circumstances. 


Verse 2: He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. 

Meaning: God provides me with rest and refreshment. He helps me to find peace and contentment in my life. 

Application: I can take time each day to rest and refresh myself in God’s presence. I can trust Him to renew my strength and give me the energy I need to face each day. 


Verse 3: He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 

Meaning: God leads me on the right path, even when I don’t understand why. He knows what is best for me and He will guide me to where He wants me to be. 

Application: I can trust God to lead me in the right direction. I can ask Him for guidance and wisdom in all of my decisions. 


Verse 4: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 

Meaning: God is with me, even in the darkest times. He protects me and guides me through difficult circumstances. 

Application: I can trust God to be with me in all of my trials and tribulations. I can rely on His strength and guidance to help me through difficult times. 


Verse 5: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 

Meaning: God provides for me even in the midst of my enemies. He blesses me abundantly and He takes care of all of my needs. 

Application: I can be thankful for God’s provision and blessing. I can trust Him to take care of me, even when I am facing opposition. 


Verse 6: Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. 

Meaning: God’s goodness and love will pursue me all of my days. He will never leave me or forsake me. 

Application: I can be confident in God’s love and goodness. I know that He is always with me and that He will never leave me. 


Takeaway 

One of the best ways to meditate on Scripture is to break it down into smaller phrases and focus on the meaning of each phrase individually. This can help you to gain a deeper understanding of the passage and how it applies to your life. 

Psalm 23:1-6 is a beautiful passage of Scripture that is full of meaning and encouragement. As you meditate on this passage, ask yourself how it applies to your life today. Trust God to provide for you, refresh you, guide you, protect you, and bless you. 


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10 Comments

  1. Paula, this is such an important principle, one I have neglected recently. Thanks for the gentle reminder!

    1. You’re so welcome Donna. I haven’t always done this but I have been trying to lately. It’s especially helpful for me when my fibromyalgia is in a flare, or my migraines and trigeminal neuralgia is running amock. I can settle in and visualize Scripture.

  2. This is such a great method. With familiar passages like this, it’s easy to just zip through it. But this is a good way to grasp meaning all through it.

    This would also be good for some of those longer sentences in the epistles.

    1. I haven’t always done this. But have been trying to lately. I love visualizing Scripture and it is so calming and comforting.

  3. Beautiful Paula – one of my favorite Scriptures and I love how you break it down to meditate on.

  4. Happy November, Paula! Your post is a good reminder! When reading scripture I often break it down and reflect on each meaning but I rarely think about asking God to help me apply the meaning to my every day life! Thanks for the suggestion!

  5. Such a beautiful break down of the Psalm. TFS!

  6. This bite-size method is suited to me. I like to dig down to individual sentences, phrases, and even words.

    1. Wonderful Vera. I glean so much when I do this. I love to visualize.

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