This hymn, written by the English musician, Sir Henry Baker, paraphrases Psalm 23 — without question the most beloved of the psalms and one of the most beloved of all scriptures. Families often request the reading of the 23rd Psalm at funerals, because its words offer so much comfort — but they strengthen us also in happier moments.
“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.”
These words comfort and strengthen us because they remind us that we serve a Lord who loves us — who cares about our welfare — who provides for our needs. We need that reminder, because life is not always gentle. In life’s less gentle moments, Psalm 23 reminds us that God is still at work in our lives and that we have nothing to fear.
–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan