“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.
Even when the way goes through
I’m not afraid
when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
makes me feel secure.
You serve me a six-course dinner
right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
my cup brims with blessing.
Your beauty and love chase after me
every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
for the rest of my life” (Psalm 23, The Message).
If you’ve read this Psalm in the same translation all your life, chances are you’ve probably become so accustomed to it that you’ve lost the meaning.
Sometimes it takes a fresh perspective to make Scripture come alive again. For instance, a different translation.
I hope this one makes Psalm 23 a living and breathing word to you tonight, as well as a fresh reminder of how much you are loved by your Great Shepherd.