The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Excerpts from A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller:
"I am completely satisfied with His management of my life. Why? Because He is the sheepman to whom no trouble is too great as He cares for His flock. He is the rancher who is outstanding because of His fondness for sheep---Who loves them for their own sake as well as His personal pleasure in them. He will, if necessary, be on the job twenty four hours a day to see that they are properly provided for in every detail. Above all, He is very jealous of His name and high reputation as 'The Good shepherd.'" ~Chapter Two: I Shall Not Be In Want
"...it is no mere whim on God's part to call us sheep. Our behavior patterns and life habits are so much like that of sheep it is well nigh embarrassing." ~Chapter 6: He Guides Me In Paths Of Righteousness For His Name's Sake
"Only the strictest attention to the behavior of the sheep by the shepherd can forestall the difficulties of 'fly time.' At the very first sign of flies among the flock he will apply an antidote to their heads.......What an incredible transformation this would make among the sheep. Once the oil had been applied to the sheep's head, there was an immediate change in behavior. Gone was the aggravation, gone the frenzy, gone the irritability and the restlessness. Instead, the sheep would start to feed quietly again, then soon lie down in peaceful contentment." ~Chapter 10: You Anoint My Head With Oil
Audiobook Chapter 1 on YouTube: A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip W. Keller
A beautiful rendering of Psalm 23 in English, Swahili and Luo, by Good Dog and Buttercup:
And sung in Hebrew: