TODAY'S THEME: The 23rd Psalm
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The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death,
I will 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 anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23
The Holy Bible
King James Version


In a mere fifty-seven words of Hebrew and just about twice that number
in English translation, the author of the Twenty-third Psalm gives us an
entire theology, a more practical theology than we can find in many books.
He teaches us to look at the world and see it as God would have us see it.
If we are anxious, the psalm gives us courage and we find our way through
the valley of the shadow. If our lives are embittered by unpleasant people,
it teaches us how to deal with them. If the world threatens to wear us down,
the psalm guides us to replenish our souls. If we are obsessed with what
we lack, it teaches us gratitude for what we have. And most of all, if we
feel alone and adrift in a friendless world, it offers us the priceless
reassurance that "Thou art with me."

Excerpted from "The Lord is My Shepherd,"
by Harold S. Kushner
Knopf, 2003

A Sailor's 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my pilot; I shall not drift.
He lights me across the dark waters.
He steers me through the deep channels.
He keeps my log. He guides me by the
Star of Holiness for His Name's sake.
As I sail through the storms and tempests
of life I will dread no danger; for You are
near me; Your love and care shelter me.
You prepare a haven before me in the Home-
land of Eternity; You quieten the waves
with oil; my ship rides calmly.
Surely sunlight and starlight shall be with
me wherever I sail, and at the end of my
voyaging I shall rest in the port of my God.

Native American 23rd Psalm

The Great Father above a shepherd Chief is.
I am His and with Him I want not.
He throws out a rope and the name of the rope is love
and He draws me to where the grass is green
and the water is not dangerous,
and I eat and lie down and am satisfied,
Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down
but He lift me up again and draws me into a good road.
His name is WONDERFUL.

Sometime, it may be very soon, it may be a long, long time.
He will draw me into a valley.
It is dark there, but I'll be afraid not, for it is in between those mountains
that the Shepherd Christ will meet me and the hunger that I have in my heart
all through this life will be satisfied. He gives me a staff to lean on.

He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.
He puts His hand upon my head and all the "tired" is gone.
My cup He fills till it runs over.
What I tell is true. I lie not.
These roads that are "away ahead"
will stay with my through this life and after;
and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Tepee
and sit down with the Shepherd Chief forever.

And now, the Last Word:

(Click on the link below to hear Abby
recite the 23rd Psalm. It's priceless
and only runs 1:11 in length.)

Abby recites the 23rd Psalm



















































Bonus quote:

The Marin County 23rd Psalm

God is my life-coach. I have it made. I kick back in her
back-yard lounge char, or relax in her hot tub during our
sessions. With her guidance, everything goes smoothly.
She restores my self-esteem. She tells me the right way
to handle things, so it's no wonder that I recommend her
to other clients. Even though my career is on the rocks,
my family is mad at me, I can't make my mortgage, and
I've got a dangerously high cholesterol level, I am not
sweating any of it. She's always there for me; her advice,
her connections, they comfort me. She's calling a conference
to work things out with the people who are breathing down
my neck. Not only that, during our counseling sessions,
she give me a cranial massage with aromatherapy oil, while
making sure I always have a full glass of mineral water.
Because of her, goodness and mercy follow me,
so I'm extending her contract with me indefinitely.

(Posted by Jim Burkio in Open Christianity)


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