Psalm 23 is a Psalm for all occasions- death, birthday, marriage etc. It is an all time heavenly Shepherd Psalm. We have heard many messages in the Psalm and may be hearing even now. But I want to point out the 7 names of God hidden in this beautiful Psalm. One day as I was sitting meditating for the evening message, the Holy Spirit flashed certain heavenly revelations which I want to share with you all.
Ver 1: The Lord is My Shepherd-
The very first verse hides ONE NAME OF GOD.
“SHEPHERD”-JEHOVAH-RA(Jehovah the Shepherd)
If the Lord is your shepherd, then you can own this Psalm 23 as yours. All others will follow
Notice the word “LORD” is all in capital letters. “The LORD is My Shepherd”. If the “LORD” is all in the capital, in the original Hebrew it means “JEHOVAH”. A classic example is found in Psalms 110:1
“The LORD said unto my Lord”
LORD in capital means “JEHOVAH”
Lord in small letters means “ADONAI”(the son)
Therefore the meaning of Psalm 110:1 is
JEHOVAH said unto my Savior(His Son)
THE SECOND NAME
Ver 1 : “I SHALL NOT WANT “
When the Lord is my Shepherd, I don’t lack in anything. HE is my Provider. That is the second name of God hidden in Ver 1.
Read carefully Genesis 22:9-14
“……And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and beheld behind a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place JEHOVAH-JIREH…” Here, notice the name of the person was ABRAHAM. His Original name was ABRAM. God changed his name.
ABRAM ® ABRAHAM
What is the difference? The letters “HA” is added to the original name. When you breathe of life into an ordinary man ‘Abram’ and changed him into a spirit filled man ‘Abraham’, the father of all faithful. He only could say JEHOVAH- JIREH.
I shall not want… JEHOVAH-JIREH(JEHOVAH is my Provider)
When you know the Lord as your ‘Shepherd’ he will be your provider, all sufficient-one. Therefore, I shall not lack or want anything.
Notice, the original name of the city of Melchisedek in Gen 14 was SALEM. Now, when Abraham called it Jehovah-Jireh it became
Jireh + SALEM ® JIREHSALEM or JERUSALEM
THE THIRD NAME
Ver 2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me besides the still waters”
The sheep is very happy. Lying down in Green pastures and still waters (not turbulent waters) all speak of peaceful conditions. That is the third name.
Isreal was in turbulent condition. The Midianites surrounded them. At that time, they cried. God gave a deliverer called ‘GIDEON’
“And the Lord said unto him, peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
Then Gideon build an altar there unto the Lord, and called it JEHOVAH- SHALOM” Judges 6:23 , 24
Third Name Hidden (Psalms 23:2) JEHOVAH- SHALOM
THE FOURTH NAME
Ver 3: “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” Psalm 23: 3
In the book of “JEREMIAH” it is written “…and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness” Jeremiah 33 :16
In the coming days when Israel will come to know the Lord this verse will be fulfilled in the land.
Now, if you look at your Reference Bible, in the margin that name is given and that is the Fourth Name.
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS…JEHOVAH-TSIDKENILL (Jer 33: 16)
THE FIFTH NAME
Ver 4: “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me…”
The Amalekites came against the Israelites after they crossed the Red sea. Remember, the Devil is going to severely attack you after you are saved and baptized in the Lord. No Amalekite came against them in EGYPT. When Moses went up the Mountain Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands when Joshua defeated the Amalekite with the edge of the sword. That is it my friend, Our Lord suffered on the cross and his hands were lifted up with two nails. Here down on earth we could defeat Satan through our Heavenly Joshua, even through our Lord the HOLY SPIRIT using the word of God(sword). That is the fifth Name hidden.
Psalm 23: 4…. JEHOVAH- NISSI( Exodus 17:15)
THE SIXTH NAME
Ver 5: “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over”
The sheep sometimes fight with each other. They but each other with their head. So in the evening the shepherd will carefully look each head of the sheep for any wound and apply oil there. That is the sixth Name.
Psalm 23: 5…. JEHOVAH- RAPHEGA( Exodus 15:26)The Lord the healer.
When the waters of Marah was bitter, the Lord showed Moses a tree which turned bitterness into sweetness.
THE SEVENTH NAME
Ver 6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever”
That is the seventh Name. The Lord will be with us forever. In the book of Ezekiel the last chapter , the last verse
Ezekiel 48: 35…..JEHOVAH- SHAMMA (Ezekiel 48:35)
“and the name of the city from that day shall be The LORD is there”
The seven names of God hidden in the Psalm 23 are:
1.JEHOVAH-RA 2.JEHOVAH-JIREH 3.JEHOVAH-SHALOM 4.JEHOVAH- TSIDKNELL 5.JEHOVAH-NISSI 6.JEHOVAH-RAPHEGA 7.JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH
Praise the LORD