My Dentist Psalm

  • Sept. 2, 2015
  • #8698

Meditating on the 23rd Psalm brings comfort and reassurance (even at the dentist) because Jesus, our Good Shepherd watches over and protects us.

My Dentist Psalm

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and welcome to Joni and Friends.

You know the thing I love most about memorizing God's Word, is the way the Holy Spirit brings it to mind later on. And often it happens in the most unusual places. Like, I remember a time when I had to go to the dentist. For weeks I had been feeling pain in the back of my mouth, and I knew it was probably that old crown on my back molar. The last time I had visited my dentist, she said that it would have to be replaced soon. Well, I should have done it then, but I waited… and now? I was scrambling to make an emergency appointment.

So there I am in the dentist chair waiting for that big needle (I looked away as I saw the dental assistant prepare it). Just thinking of that needle made my heart race. And that’s when the Holy Spirit brought to mind Psalm 23. So I took a deep breath, relaxed, closed my eyes and I began reciting: “The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” I slowly recited the entire Psalm and then when I finished, I started it all over again. And you know what? I hardly even felt that needle, which for me is a miracle.

Now, that little dental encounter happened many years ago, but to this day, whenever I have to go to the dentist, I will usually recite Psalm 23 sitting there in the chair. In fact, I call it my Dentist Psalm. There is something so encouraging, so consoling and comforting about meditating on Jesus as our Good Shepherd. The Bible also calls Him the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd. But my favorite name is “My Shepherd”, the Lord is my Shepherd, the Bible says. Whatever adjective you want to use for your Savior, He is your Shepherd, the one who comforts you, guides and leads you, gives you rest, protects you from your enemies, restores, corrects and reproves you. First Peter chapter 2 says that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is the Overseer of our souls. Like a shepherd He takes care of us. He laid down His life for us, so you know that He only plans what is best for us. Surely He is worth trusting, He’s always faithful and true. And I know that right well every time I sit in a dentist’s chair.

There is lots more to say about Psalm 23, and I have a special gift I want to give you that will help you get the most out of this beautiful passage in Scripture. It’s a 12-page pamphlet called “Psalm 23, The Beloved Psalm brought to life for Today’s Readers”. It really goes into depth with meanings and applications and related passages, everything you’d want to know about The Shepherd’s Psalm. So visit my radio page today at and ask for your free gift called “Psalm 23”. And may I encourage you to memorize this Psalm if you haven’t already done so? To hide it in your heart will provide a wonderful resource for any problem, any trial you may face in the future. So again, ask for your copy of “Psalm 23” today on my radio page at

Finally, Hebrews chapter 13 verses 20 and 21 are a great way to close out our time together today, for it says, “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Oh, friend, thanks for listening, and I'll see you next time on Joni and Friends.     

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