In A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, the author, W. Phillip Keller, provides in depth verse-by-verse meditative commentary and insights on Psalm 23 (22 in the Septuagint). A shepherd by trade, comparable to King David, Keller uses his own personal experiences and knowledge regarding the intricacies of caring for sheep to shed light on the depth and hidden beauty of each verse in the Psalm. Albeit likely one of the more popular and memorized Psalms, not enough emphasis is placed on the shepherding significances behind the words and their parallels to the Christian life. Because of Keller’s work as a shepherd, he exposes much of what King David must have had in mind as he prayed this Psalm and the deeper truths revealed by Christ’s analogy of being the Good Shepherd.
Each chapter in the book is dedicated to one line of the Psalm in which Keller discusses the background information pertaining to the job of a shepherd and the behavior and needs of sheep, personal anecdotes of his experiences as a shepherd, and the parallel to Christ’s relationship with us, His sheep. Although the book as a whole is a very simple and easy read, each chapter exposes beautiful meditations on the depth, precision, and sweetness of the analogy Christ offers in reference to His relationship to us. By exploring the magnificent, endless, meticulous, and loving care a good shepherd provides for his flock, the reader cannot help but be romanced by Christ, the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. This book will provide a new lens to analyze the Psalm and the symbolisms of the good shepherd analogy, as well as renew, strengthen, and deepen the knowledge and understanding of Christ’s infinite, everlasting, and perfect love.