~* THE LORD'S MY SHEPHERD *~
Scottish Psalter, 1650

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
John 10:27

I will commit my way, O Lord, to Thee,
nor doubt Thy love, though dark the way may be;
Nor murmur, for the sorrow is from God,
and there is comfort even in Thy rod.
Author Unknown

One of the characteristics of the relationship that exists between a shepherd and his flock is that sheep can always distinguish the voice of their particular shepherd. The sheep's responsibility is simply to listen and follow.

As Christians, we worship and acknowledge God as our Creator and Redeemer. But how comforting it is to realize that this same great God is also "my shepherd". In time of stress, I can rest securely in His strong arms. With the Good Shepherd leading, even death's dark vale need not be feared since death to the believer is simply a release to God's eternal Home.

As members of Christ's flock, we too must recognize our heavenly Shepherd's voice. To do so, we must always remain close enough to hear it.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Isaiah 30:21

This lovely hymn setting of the 23rd Psalm was originally put in stanza form for the Scottish Psalter of 1650, a collection that contained only the 150 psalms arranged in metrical form for congregational singing. The simple and child-like tune has only recently begun to appear in American hymnals. "The Lord's My Shepherd"...for many children the first Bible verse learned and often the last repeated before entering "death's dark vale". This is indeed a psalm of priceless heritage!



The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for His own Name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s House forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.



*For Today*: Psalm 23, 78:52; Jeremiah 29:11; John 10:1-6; Hebrews 13:20 & 21

Be sensitive to God's still, small voice with directions for your life. Determine to follow wherever He indicated. Abandon yourself--your will--to His divine guidance.

Music
Midi origin: By Jessie S. Irvine, arrangement by David Grant

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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