Psalm 23:4 - Thy Rod And Thy Staff They Comfort Me.

Psalm 23:4 (KJV) Yea, though I walk through 
the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear 
no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy 
staff they comfort me. 


For You  Comfort Me: The very center of 
this psalm; [NIV SB]. Note this Psalm mentions 
three ways God comforts us; 1) with His presence, 
2) with His rod [His word], and 3) with His 
staff [His Spirit].  


The "rod" (a short club used to fight off 
wild animals) represents protection; the "staff" 
(a long shepherd's stick with a crook) depicts 
guidance. [Believers SB] 

The shepherd's rod was a short club used to 
fend off wild animals while the staff with its 
crook was used to direct the sheep. One represents 
protection, the other guidance. Just like the shepherd, 
the Lord protects and guides us, His sheep. 
[Passages Of Life SB] 

Protects his sheep with his rod or club, and 
guides straying sheep with his staff or crook. 
[Ryrie SB] 

Rod, Staff: guards and guides his sheep. 
[Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

His Word And Spirit Shall Comfort Them - His 
Rod And Staff he will guide them with his rod 
and sustain them with his staff. The gospel is 
called the rod of Christ's strength  
(Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

The Word of God is at once a prop to support 
the child of God, and a defense against Satan 
and the powers of darkness. (Jamieson, Fausset, 
and Brown Commentary) 


   Have you ever wondered what the phrase 
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me 
means? Lets remember what David said a few 
verses earlier: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall 
not want (Psalm 23:1 NKJV). 
   David, a shepherd himself, would have 
carried two very critical tools: A rod and a staff. 
A staff was basically a long instrument with a 
crook on the end to pull a wayward sheep back into 
line. But then there was the rod, which is 
   The shepherd would use the rod to defend 
his sheep against predators. But he might also 
have to use it to get a wayward sheeps 
attention. One quick whack, and the sheep paid 
   Were just like those sheep. The Lord 
is our Shepherd, and sometimes He tells us not 
to do something. But we do it anyway. So He 
says, Dont do that. And we keep doing it. 
Then God essentially says, Dont make me use 
this. Yet we continue to disobey. 
   Whack! Now the Lord has our attention. 
Its hard for us to believe that God would allow 
a hardship in our lives because He loves us. 
It seems that He would want to protect His 
children from all difficulties. 
   But remember, the Lord wants us to mature 
in our faith. And one of the marks of Gods 
love for us is discipline, because the Bible says 
that God disciplines the one that He loves (see 
Hebrews 12:6). 
   Just as a shepherd takes care of his 
sheep, the Lord takes care of us. And when God 
disciplines us, its an indication that we are His 
   That discipline might be something that 
seems like the worst-case scenario at the time. 
But ultimately, it can be the very thing that 
actually brings us to our senses. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com re 
Hebrews 12:6] 

   At my father's house in the country, 
there is a little closet near the chimney, where 
we keep the canes, or walking sticks, of 
several generations of our family. During my visits 
to the old house, as my father and I are going 
out for a walk, we often go to the cane closet 
and pick out our sticks to suit the occasion. As 
we have done this, I have frequently been 
reminded that the Word of God is a staff. 
   During the war, when we were experiencing 
a time of discouragement and impending danger, 
the verse "He will have no fear of bad news; his 
heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD" (Ps. 
112:7) was a staff to walk with on many dark days. 
   When our child died and we were left 
nearly brokenhearted, I found another staff in the 
promise "Weeping may remain for a night, but 
rejoicing comes in the morning" (Ps. 30:5). 
   When I was forced to be away from home 
for a year due to poor health, not knowing if 
God would ever allow me to return to my home and 
work again, I chose this staff, which has never 
failed: "For I know the plans I have for you, . . . 
plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to 
give you hope and a future" (Jer. 29:11). 
   In times of impending danger or doubt, 
when human judgment seems to be of no value, I 
have found it easy to go forward with this staff: 
"In quietness and trust is your strength" (Isa. 
30:15).And in emergencies, when there has been no time 
for deliberation or for action, this staff has 
never failed me: "He that believeth shall not make 
haste" (Isa. 28:16 KJV). Abbott Benjamin Vaughan, 
in The Outlook 
   Martin Luther's wife said, "I would never 
have known the meaning of various psalms, come to 
appreciate certain difficulties, or known the inner 
workings of the soul; I would never have understood 
the practice of the Christian life and work, if 
God had never brought afflictions to my life." 
It is quite true that God's rod is like a 
schoolteacher's pointer to a child, pointing out a letter so 
the child will notice it. In this same way, God 
points out many valuable lessons to us that we 
otherwise would never have learned. selected [Streams 
In The Desert By Cowman] (Some find it better 
to use rod where she uses staff.) 


   If we watch the sheep in a pasture, we 
will see them do an interesting thing. Sometime 
during the day, each sheep, entirely on its own, 
leaves the flock and trots over to the shepherd, 
one at a time. The shepherd tenderly caresses 
the nose and ears, rubs the neck and head, and 
whispers in its ear. Calmed, encouraged and 
reassured, the sheep goes back to graze with the rest. 
   We also need such daily affirmation and 
reassurance from God. When our souls are restored, they 
are revived and stimulated. We need the caress, 
the rub, the "pep talk" from our shepherd. 
Unless we hear an "encouraging word," we become 
fearful and frantic. by A. Philip Parham  
   Good Shepherd, thank you for your loving 
words of reassurance and restoration. [Life 
Recovery Devotional SB] 


Psalm 23: One Of The Crown Jewels Of 
Scripture; v. 4:  



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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