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If you've never used a lexicon in your Bible studies, you are missing a great tool for discovery. A lexicon is basically a dictionary of the original language in which a book of the bible was written. By looking up specific words within a verse you can get a clearer meaning than sometimes is obvious from the English translation. There are so many nuances that don't translate well in English. You can also find where else within the Bible that same word was used and how else it was translated. It fascinates me, and often surprises me. If it doesn't fascinate you, well...you've either learned something new about me, or reaffirmed your previous suspicion that I'm a little different.
I examined the lexicon entries for shepherd, fear, rod, staff, annoint, still waters and several more. I also read several commentaries written by people much more learned than I. Combining all that I learned in my research, and a couple things God highlighted just for me, here is my personal translation of the 23rd Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd – gentle, kind and sure. Because He is my caregiver and defender, I have everything! He makes me stop moving and rest when I need to. He leads me to a safe, peaceful place and provides refreshing and cleansing. He makes me whole and ready to serve Him again. He guides me along the paths to where I can be useful to Him so that He may be glorified. Even when I wander into a deep, dark valley, I do not need to be afraid, because He stays beside me, to guide and defend me. His rod corrects my way and keeps me safe. His staff of grace supports me. Together they reassure me and give me confidence in His presence. I feast at His table of abundance, set up specifically for me, in spite of my enemies, who watch in envy, but are powerless to interfere. He pours out His undeserved blessings on me until my life overflows with them. God’s goodness and mercy are unending. I will follow Him gladly and fearlessly, wherever He leads, all the days of my life. And when that life is ended, I will move to a better world, to dwell in His house forever.