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Psalm 23, The Song Of A Passionate Heart, by David Roper

Updated on December 31, 2017
David Roper's "The Song of a Passionate Heart" is a short but inspiring work.
David Roper's "The Song of a Passionate Heart" is a short but inspiring work. | Source

Psalm 23 can be Thought-Provoking

Have questions about Psalm 23 given you pause for thought in quiet moments during a church service, or perhaps at a funeral? In reading or hearing it read, have you sensed that there was more to it than you understood at the time?

Letting the Psalm help you learn to live confidently is a great gift to yourself and it will enable you to help others. Permit The Song of a Passionate Heart to give you insight into the enlivening theme of Psalm 23.

Questions on Psalm 23:

What are your questions about this passage?

• Who is Psalm 23 primarily about?

• What is its relevance to my life?

• Is there a message for me in this day and time from this Psalm?

• How should I respond to its truths?

• When does it apply to my future?

• Where can I find trustworthy information about this precious Psalm?

• Is it possible for me to understand the figurative language of Psalm 23?

Questions about life are natural.  Do we know where the answers are?
Questions about life are natural. Do we know where the answers are? | Source

David Roper's the Song of a Passionate Heart Will Help You Answer The Questions

Needing some extra quiet time today, I took another look at a very little book by David Roper. With good reason Psalm 23, The Song of a Passionate Heart is a best seller worth rereading when the realities of life crowd in a little too closely.

The book is small for several reasons. Roper is an excellent writer. He writes with succinct clarity, and I’m sure he prayed for help as he endeavored to lay out the concepts from Psalm 23 for our benefit. Word by word he draws us an encouraging picture of what we've been given in this Psalm.

Many authors of books like this one will tell you that their work developed out of a personal study of Scripture on a specific topic and that as they shared their insights with other friends the desire for a way to share the information with yet more people sort of caught fire. A book was then born out of the impetus.

This small book has different roots, though, and they are the kind that resound in most everyone’s hearts and minds at one time or another. It comes from the deep waters of life experience that take a person through dark days and long nights.

Even in the night seasons, the Shepherd is faithful.
Even in the night seasons, the Shepherd is faithful. | Source

Roper does not pour out his heart telling every detail of his experience in a cathartic manner. That can be interesting, but not usually very helpful to others when it comes to true spiritual matters. We have an individual God.

As the author joyfully puts it, “My melancholy wasn’t wasted.” Because he clung to the truths of God’s Word during his experiences he learned much during the stark, sterile valley days that the Lord brought him through.

He uses the validating methods of letting Scripture explain Scripture throughout the chapters as well as examples from the writings of well-known authors who are revered for their diligent study, prayer, and work. He does not follow the trend of rooting his work in a man-centric presentation.

Psalm 23's Encouragement and Help

With subtitles in each chapter like That Elusive “One Thing" there are lines such as “We were born for His love and we cannot live without it" that are full of rich meaning for people who are inundated with all manner of social media.

The short journey through this book always ends with me knowing that I will need to revisit its path again. Psalm 23 by David Roper is designed to help us understand and apply the truths of Scripture to our individual situations so that we may rejoice in the Lord's work in even the tumultuous days of our lives.

The Song of a Passionate Heart will help us trust what God says and encourage us to be faithful because He is faithful no matter what we have been through or are going through. Even though its size could make it seem insignificant, if you have not yet read it you might like to make it a point to pick up a copy soon.

Wonderful Thoughts from Psalm 23!

Having now been refreshed for the Lord’s Day worship services tomorrow, I offer you a few excerpts as a little encouragement for your heart:

“Sheep don’t go looking for their shepherd. It’s the other way around: He’s out looking for them. Even if the sheep aren’t thinking about the shepherd, He pursues them...He cannot get us off of His mind.”

“And so it is: God calls us--seeking us to seek Him--and our hearts resonate with longing for Him”

“There’s no need to worry about texts that we don’t understand. Some meanings will escape us. Everything difficult indicates something more than our hearts can yet embrace...God can never be understood through the intellect.”

“But our hearts know...We don’t care who gets hurt as long as we get what we want...Eventually the consequences catch up to us and we have to face the facts, or, like David, we have to face someone who digs up the facts.”

“When people tell me that life is hard, I reply, ‘Of course it is.’ I find that answer more satisfying than anything else I can say...We’re inclined to fix on the valley and its pain, but God chooses to look forward and anticipate its effect...We learn to trust Him in the darkness; when all that is left is the sound of His voice and the knowledge that He is near...The dark days cause us to enter into a very special relationship with our Lord.”

“...our human hearts crave for a relationship deeper and more lasting than anything possible in this world. We were made for God’s love and without it we sink into loneliness.”

Pardon Bought For Me, I Now Am Complete In Thee

Let Your Heart Take Courage

More Reading for Your Heart:

Mountain Breezes is a beautiful friend.

• A worthy love story of courage and survival.

• Hannah's life of prayer.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      unknown spy:

      Thank you for adding your sweet memory of time with your grandma to this hub!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. This is the Psalm I used to recite when grandma is getting ready to sleep.

      Well done!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      You've summed up David Roper's writing very nicely! It is an amazing thing as a Believer to experience the truth of the fact that God's Word really is the Living Word. It is able to renew us on all levels, deepening our faith even in times of severe trials if we will turn to Him through it when, otherwise, our faith would fail. I can't explain how He has brought me through certain circumstances, how He has held on to me, sustained me, strengthened me, taught me, and so much more, but neither can I deny He has done it all. Through all of living in time and then through the valley of the shadow, into eternity we are secure, complete in Him through His Son, the Christ--amazing thought!

      Thanks much for your visit and for linking this hub to yours on Psalm 23.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      RTalloni, Thank you for linking to my first hub, which presents the lifelong companionship offered by this most familiar of all psalms. David Roper writes with an open, sincere heart. Anyone who reads his book on psalm 23 will feel comforted and their cup "will run over" with a renewed depth of faith, which are the very sentiments conveyed by reading the psalm itself. I'm linking my hub to this, and I thank you for highlighting this inspirational book and author.

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You are right, it is an awesome thought!

      So glad you enjoyed the review. Sounds like you will have a rich time with this book. :)

      Thanks so much for stopping in and for posting your comment.

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      carolapple 6 years ago from Suffolk Virginia

      I love Psalm 23. Thinking about the countless people through the ages to whom it has brought comfort and refreshment is an awesome thought. Thanks for the review of David Roper's book. I am always on the lookout for good inspirational books for my morning study time and after reading your review I know I want this one.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly. I appreciate you input.

      Am looking forward to following your work as well.

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      Dianne Tyndall 6 years ago from Sanderson, Texas

      Great review thank you, voted up and useful! I just joined today and will be following your work.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you, Eiddwen, both for coming by and for leaving your comment.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      That's great! So glad this was an encouragement to you. Thanks very much for letting me know. Appreciate your stopping in.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      I just so happened to have the book in my library. I have not read it yet.

      Good suggestion for my next read. I like to hear the comparison of natural things and their spiritual application.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I'm so glad it was an encouragement to you, Chatkath.

      The unexpected is always around the corner, and so much of it would be shattering if I could not go back to the solid foundation of God's Word.

      Thanks kindly for stopping and leaving your note.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Very meaningful review RT and I really appreciate the guidance, sometimes I feel so disconnected and if I can quietly stop what I am doing, gather my thoughts and read something so inspirational it will get be back on track!


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you for coming by and for your comments, as well. I'm glad I own the book so I can refer to it again and again.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      You are welcome. So glad you enjoyed the review. Thank you kindly for stopping in and leaving a note.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for posting a note. It's always nice to hear from you! If you write about how the book blesses you please let me know so I can link it from this hub.

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      anidae 6 years ago

      This sounds like a book worth owning. You are right God will lead us through; or pick us up and carrying us through when necessary.Voted up and awesome.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thank you for this review and for sharing these refreshing excerpts. Hope your having a blessed day!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Thank you for the review of this book which I will be ordering. God Bless.