The Lord Is My Shepherd

Amiens26-mediumFourth Sunday in Lent (March 30, 2014)

1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Arguably this is the most well known psalm in the Bible.  Many people use it, and understandably so, in times of trouble.  A few weeks back we looked at Psalm 121, which is one of my go to Psalms.  That being said, this is a great psalm.  Several weeks ago, Pam wrote a post about lying down in green pastures and what that means for us as westerners as compared to those in the east.  It is amazing how little vegetation constitutes a green pasture in Israel.  It is a great reminder that God gives us what we need when we need it.  Many times he won’t give us more than we need.  We may think we need more, but God knows.

I’ll close with a video that I found on Youtube.  I wish I had my senior recital from Indiana Wesleyan University in digital form, because I sang this piece I’m going to share with you.  I hope you enjoy Psalm XXIII by Paul Creston.  Listen especially how the composer paints a picture in the accompaniment of the text being sung.

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