By: Sarah Bishop

Posted: September 21, 2023

Category: Daily Devotional

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 right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I 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 my whole life long.

Inspired by the creative work of Professor Marc Hong of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s “Psalmtember,” You pastors will be joining in the middle the Psalms and will read it and then consider what emotions, memories, and inspiration it stirs up by highlighting a word of phrase that speaks to them. Read along with us and if so inspired, create some art around the words or Psalms too. Let us hear God’s Word anew together.

The words that speak to me with Psalm 23 is “goodness and mercy.” What comfort and peace to know in all the hills and valleys in life, God’s goodness and mercy will follow. Maybe not in my time and maybe not in how I expect, but surely it will indeed come.


My patient and ever-seeking Shepherd, I am grateful for the restoration of my soul which you provide. May I truly experience your goodness and mercy found in Christ Jesus, Amen.