The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
Comment: Publicly I guess that the two places where I most commonly hear this Psalm read out are at funerals for comfort or in church for explanation and devotion. Maybe most frequently heard at funerals yet it is really a psalm for the whole of life. It has three main divisions.
- The first sees the Lord as the Shepherd who provides for our needs, helps us in our problems, and keeps us on the straight and narrow way.
- The second recognizes the inevitable experience of death, but gives us His promise to go through it with us and not desert us.
- The third section reassures us of His life time presence with us but extends beyond death with His promise of a very wonderful home in the skies – provided that He really has been allowed to be my Shepherd.
Prayer: I would cling to that ‘my‘ Lord!