Perhaps the most familiar of all psalms is Psalm 23. I have fond memories of teaching this one to our kiddos when we lived in North Carolina in 1996 preparing to move to China. They were younger then than David was back when he was a shepherd boy caring for sheep. David grew into manhood and he learned that people and sheep have at least one thing in common: they go astray. They both have the need of a competent shepherd’s guidance, protection and care.
Through many generations this psalm has been sung out as a prayer and a reminder of the Shepherd we have in God. When Jesus came to earth, John introduced Him as the Good Shepherd worthy of our trust and loyalty. Verse 5 of the twenty-third psalm in the New Living Translation caught my eye because most translations stop with “my cup overflows.” Ever wonder, “overflows” with what? You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. May the investments we make in children when they are young continue to bless them all their lives. As a parent, what could be a better blessing to receive, than seeing God’s blessings overflowing in our children, when they are blessing others as they have been blessed?