Psalm 23 is one of the most loved and often quoted psalms of all time. I include the English verse version today for a few reasons:
- Because it is common readers will have a comparison in mind when they read. What do you think?
- It is a comfort to me personally today even though I do have needs, my life is not beside still waters, ill has befallen me, I am afraid, my cup is not overflowing, etc. Call it stubborn faith I guess.
- This psalm is about guidance through difficulty. I just got home from a meaningful time with my national church family where we did some difficult work of discernment together and all along I felt the power of the Spirit in a strong way, guiding us and giving us unity amidst diversity.
The Lord is my shepherd ; I ne’er shall have need :
He gives me my couch on the green, quiet mead ;
He leads me beside the still waters ; and brings
His wand’rer to pathways where righteousness springs.
And though through the valley of death’s gloomy shade
Thou call’ st me to journey, I am not afraid :
No ill shall befall me, with thee at my side,
Thy crook for my comfort, thy staff’ for my guide.
Thou spread’st me a banquet in eye of my foes ;
Thou crown’ st me with oil; and my cup overflows :
So, goodness and grace shall my footsteps entwine,
And God’s holy dwelling shall ever be mine.