David’s Psalm– Psalm 23

This psalm is likely the most famous and most beloved of all the many psalms David wrote. It is written as a metaphor, comparing the care of a shepherd for his sheep with God’s tender care for His people. Although a shepherd probably sees nuances that the rest of us city folk miss, the psalm still powerfully communicates with all of us the depths of God’s care for us. Note how tender, specific and personal the psalm is. No wonder it’s such a favorite of so many!

Activity – Sheep Scenes – Give kids green paper, cotton balls and blue paper. Let them create scenes of sheep on the hillsides with gentle waters flowing nearby.

As kids work, discuss:

  • This psalm reminds us that the good shepherd leads His sheep in green pastures and beside still waters. What are some good things God has provided for you?
  • The Good Shepherd leads His sheep in paths of righteousness. Can you think of any ways God has guided you? Be prepared to share a personal story if kids can’t think of anything.
  • The psalm reminds us that God doesn’t protect us from everything bad, but He does walk with us through every hard thing. Can you think of a time you experienced something scary or bad? Did you know God was with you?
  • The psalm reminds us that God comforts us. Tell about a time you felt comforted.
  • The psalm tells us that goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life. How can you know that you can experience God’s mercy? Give your life to Jesus. Give Him control of your life. Repent of your sins. The Bible promises that we will find mercy when we come to Jesus with our sins.
  • The psalm ends by reminding us that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. How can you know that you will live with Jesus forever? Repent and believe on Jesus. Give your life to Him. Don’t trust in yourself. Trust Jesus.

Additional questions:

What did you like about this story? What didn’t you like?

What did you learn about God/Jesus?

  • God takes care of His people.
  • God is with us when we’re afraid.
  • God is ready to forgive us for our sins.

What did you learn about people?

  • People are sometimes scared.
  • People need to be comforted.
  • People sometimes have enemies.

What did you learn about yourself?

  • I want to know God and trust Him completely.
  • I want to experience God’s grace and forgiveness.
  • I want to be sure that I am going to live with God forever.