The Psalm of Psalms

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing” Psalm 23:1

Psalm 23 has been called the Psalm of psalms and the Creed of creeds. It’s one of those intensely personal and sacred compositions which speaks of God’s provision (23:1-3), purpose (23:3,6), and protection (23:4-5). It’s therefore not surprising that countless people have received succor from the words of this psalm.

I’m one of those people. As I’ve encountered challenges and opposition I’ve turned to Psalm 23 and found the encouragement I’ve needed to press on. The psalm is therefore a trusted companion in my journey through life. Thus, in tribute to this great text, I hope you won’t mind if I take some poetic license, but not doctrinal license, and rewrite it as a personal expression of my relationship with God.

Yahweh is my Guide, everything I need I have.

He makes me rest when I am weary,

He leads me in search for truth,

He helps me catch my breath.

He guides me each step of the way for the glory of His name.

Even if I go through the depths of despair and discouragement,

I’ll not be afraid, for you are right there at my side;

Your protection and correction, are my comfort.

You prepare the sustenance I need in the presence of my opposition.

You lavish my head with the oil of refreshment; my life brims with blessing.

Your goodness and love will chase me each day of my life,

And Yahweh’s house will be my home forever.

Now read the psalm again. Read it afresh. Read it as your psalm. For when this inspirational song is allowed to be the Holy Spirit’s tool it has a beauty and power which will serve as a catalyst to restore your body, renew your mind, and revive your spirit.

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