Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most popular Psalms (and maybe scriptures) in the whole Bible. And the hymn “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want” has also been a popular way for these words to find their way into our faith over the centuries.
In a note that accompanies this hymn in the Glory to God Hymnal, the editors remind us that “this paraphrase of Psalm 23 comes from the so-called Scottish Psalter of 1650, actually produced by the Westminster Assembly and intended for use by all Presbyterians in the British Isles …”
When I read or recite Psalm 23, it either follows this hymn, or falls from my lips in the King James Version:
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
What a wonderful thought as we live now, and trust God forever.
Thank You, God, for Your watchful care over me each and every day, and for a promise of eternal care. Help me to feel Your presence as I walk today as a disciple of my Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.