23:1 my shepherd. The shepherd of this best-loved psalm is, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:11-16, 27-30). In addition to the incomparable message of the psalm (there is no greater chapter in the Bible on the believer’s security), there are remarkable internal structures helping to denote its divine inspiration. For example, note the following pattern of references to the Shepherd:
One reference to “the LORD” in Psalm 23:1.
Two references to “He” in Psalm 23:2.
Three references to “He” in Psalm 23:3.
Three references to “Thou” in Psalm 23:4.
Two references to “Thou” in Psalm 23:5.
One reference to “the LORD” in Psalm 23:6.