For Day 337: The 23rd Psalm Comforted and Inspired Me in Childhood

Recently I have been sharing with you song lyrics that have inspired me.  During my youth the 23rd Psalm inspired me.  I said it nearly daily.  It was often said in Sunday School. With this poem, one of David’s songs, I felt safe, loved, cared for even when the world around me felt insane and cruel and my family was dysfunctional.

As a reminder here are the words:

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23 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
    forever.

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