Monday, June 18, 2007

Psalm 23

I have started sharing a little series of devotions on Psalm 23 with the dear folks in the care centers and retirement communities where I minister as a chaplain. This well-loved Psalm is comforting to many of us and we turn to it in the rough spots on the road of life. It has been set to music by quite a few people. This is my favorite. May it touch your heart today.

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnish├Ęd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.


From Scottish Psalter, 1650

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