Do the rod and staff of Psalm 23 represent God’s Word?

Shepherd in Făgăraş Mountains, Romania

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Question: I have been told many years ago that the rod and staff referred to in Psalm 23:4 represent God’s Word. I don’t seem to be able to make this connection in my research, can you please help or shed some light on it.

Answer: The shepherds rod and staff were tools of his to correct sheep, guide them, protect them from wild beasts and let them know of his presence. Though David does not specify how God does that in his life, it is certain that one of the tools God uses to accomplish these things in our lives is His Word. God also uses personal discipline and other believers. Have you experienced your Shepherd’s correction, guidance, protection and presence in these ways?

Randall Johnson

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