Friday, October 3, 2008

23rd PSALM

You know this one... I first learned it in the King James and that is the version that sticks.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.
He restoreth my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I shall fear no evil.
For thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.
Thou annointest my head with oil.
My cup runneth over.
Surely, goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen

The summer I was ten and lived in Virginia with Aunt MK and MD for the summer, they made us learn tons of Bible verses. Both to get a discount on camp fees and for Vacation Bible School and Sunday School at their little Hope Bible Church. I remember both ladies getting impatient with the little boy who would always end his recitation with, "... shirley goodness to mercy..."

This chapter of Psalms came alive to me when John Ortberg first taught it at the mega church. He based much of his exegesis on Phillip Keller's book, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, a phenomenal small life changing. Keller takes it thought by thought and illustrates with stories from his life as a shepherd.

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