Psalm 23 : The author of this psalm makes no request of God, but simply throws himself on the Lord’s care with complete trust. Neither does he complain about his circumstances, though the psalm does note various perils, some of which may have existed in the author’s past. The text uses various images to depict God’s care for beloved people. The first and best known is of the Lord as a shepherd. This image continues through verse 4, though some see a second image, as a guide, in verse 4. The final image is of a banquet at which the author is hosted by God, and at which he is protected from his enemies. The writer is confident of rest, food, renewal, comfort, protection, “goodness and mercy.” He describes circumstances when all is well, and those when danger is near. In each case God is trusted absolutely.