January 15, 2011

Made Personal

Psalm 23
(slightly expanded)
The Lord is my shepherd
I shall not want.
I will lack for nothing, I will not be in need, for You are my provider.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside still waters,
You bring me to pleasant places and give me rest from the weary busy-ness of life.

He restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
You show me where to walk and keep my feet from slipping.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
When hard times come, when life is dark and my story takes me to painful places, I have hope, for I know You walk those difficult roads with me. The darkness will not last forever.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You love me enough to correct me when I wander, to show me when I'm wrong. That brings me great comfort because I know I'm not enough on my own.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You exalt me, protect me, and grant me victory over the One who destroys.

You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
You pour out blessing upon blessing into my life and fill my days with good things.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
for your love never fails and your forgiveness covers my every sin.

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Death is not the end. I have eternity to hope for and while I don't know what Heaven will be like exactly, it is enough to know

that You will be there.


Sheila said...

This hit the spot. Today seemed all about Psalm 23. Thank you so much!


Nicole said...

Hello Sheila! Thanks for stopping by The Inkwell! Psalm 23 has really ministered to me lately, too. God keeps asking me to trust Him and continues to gently remind me that He is there for me every step of the way. :)