There was a time when almost everyone I knew could recite at least part of the 23rd Psalm. My Late friend and seminary internship pastor, Carl Lee, called it “The most-believed psalm of all.” Here is what he wrote about this beloved psalm.
The most-believed psalm of all. Simple language, Simple gifts.
Humble images…profound meanings…
…safety and protection
…promise and presence
…surrounding and nurture.
Simple, powerful words of our own experiencing:
…concern and caretaking
…community and communion.
A song that sings about six simple basic daily needs:
Six, short, simple, profound attributes of my life, ending in a doxology of God’s goodness.
Spreading a beautiful banquet table in the midst of my vulnerability. Inviting me to places of rest and refreshment. Simple, essential gifts for my daily journey.
The Lord is my shepherd. I will never be in want.
My deepest needs are met. Besides restful waters I am led.
In the pastures of plenty my soul now lies down.”
from ‘We Worship As We Live: A Devotional Journey Through the Years’, by Pastor Carl Lee