Daily Bible Reading

March 18, 2024

Psalm 23(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Prayer


Psalm 23: God’s kingship is a frequent subject in the psalms. Kings were known as the shepherds of their people. Their responsibility was to feed and protect their people. In Psalm 23, God is described as providing food, drink, guidance, and protection.

Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.


23 The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have everything I need.
He lets me rest in fields of green grass
    and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths,
    as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness,
    I will not be afraid, Lord,
    for you are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.

You prepare a banquet for me,
    where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honored guest
    and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
    and your house will be my home as long as I live.


Psalm 23 is a much beloved psalm that many have committed to memory, and it conveys complete trust in God. Reread verse 6. In what ways do you experience God’s goodness and love pursuing you? What verses in this psalm particularly resonate with you?


Because you, Lord, are my shepherd, I have everything I need. Your goodness, mercy, and love are always with me. I will dwell in your presence my whole life long. Amen.

And now, join us in praying for Bible Society workers in Guyana, South America, who seek to deliver Bibles to the Patamona people who live in remote mountain ranges. Bible Society workers travel three to four days at a time—on foot—to reach the villages that are home to roughly 5,000 Patamona people who have never had Bibles in their heart language. We thank you, Lord God, for these teams who carry on their backs Bibles, tents, and food for the journey. And we thank you, gracious God, for the support from Bible-A-Month Partners who are helping to place hundreds of printed and audio Bibles into the hands of men, women, and children who have longed to read and hear your Word. Patamona people—young and old—are giving their lives to Christ, getting baptized, and growing in their faith as they read and listen to the Bibles being provided by Bible Society supporters. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Psalm 25: A prayer for guidance and protection.

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