The Lord Is My Shepherd

This meditation is based on a passage for November 21, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 23

Reflection and Question: The Twenty-Third Psalm is among the best known passages in the Bible. It is a lovely poem expressing trust in God. Though I have found it difficult to memorize — I can’t get the “green pastures,” “still waters” and “right paths” in the right order — I do find that phrases from this psalm rise into my mind when I am in stressful situations. They make God’s care for me very present and accessible. And there are many hymn settings of this psalm (here’s one). When has the 23rd Psalm comforted you?

Prayer: He leadeth me: O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
What-e’er I do, wher-e’er I be, still ‘tis God’s hand that leadeth me,
He leadeth me, he leadeth me, by his own hand he leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be, for by his hand he leadeth me.
(Joseph Gilmore, 1862)