“God, my shepherd!
I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.” Psalm 23:1-3
In addition to the Lord’s Prayer and Apostle’s Creed, as a child I committed to memory Psalm 23. And, sometime along my faith journey, I forgot sections of it and am now re-memorizing the Psalm. I have heard of people stranded, captured, or imprisoned who made it through their traumatic experience by reciting scripture. I’m afraid I’d be in big trouble in that department, as I do not memorize easily and unfortunately, as I age I have a case of “mental-pause.”
The version of Psalm 23 above is from Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of the Bible written in contemporary language. Years ago at graveside service I read this version of the Psalm 23 because many of the people there were younger and unchurched. I suspect they do not study scripture and I didn’t want the poetic King James version with the “eth’s” to get in the way of the message:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
I challenge you to commit to memory your favorite passages of the Bible.
Dear Lord, I am grateful you are my Shepherd–that’s all I need. Amen.