Be inspired

What does Psalm 23 mean? How can it speak to us today?

How are images of gardens used in the Bible, and what does it mean? 

Throughout the Bible, gardens, gardening, plants and trees take a central role. They are central to how God sees us and his world. He is potentially the ultimate gardener. Ultimately, this points to something deeper: that humanity should be the flower at the centre of God’s creation, flourishing as the master gardener tends his global garden.

What does Psalm 23 mean? How can it speak to us today?

Psalm 23 is one of the nation’s favourite psalms. We’ll all have heard it, but what is it all about? It’s a story of God as a caring shepherd and a caring host. It’s about God’s faithfulness to us today, as much as to the people who first heard it centuries ago.

The coronavirus and Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is a lovely song of faith and trust – but it's also tailor-made for times like this, when we're facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

One of the great things about Psalm 23 is the way it captures not just the times of blessing we go through – those green pastures and quiet waters – but the times of pain. 

Find out more

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in 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 overflows. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (ESV)

Stay up to date

Sign up to receive regular email updates about this project

Your data is stored and processed in accordance with our Privacy Policy. For further details, including your rights and to change your preferences, visit our Privacy Policy.


Want to find out more about Psalm 23? Read more in our online Bible or dig deeper with our handy Bible Book Club resources