Our Lord’s sole aim and purpose is to shepherd us to life everlasting.

BibleGateway: Psalm 23

ESV Text: Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (Listen)

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.


23:1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
  He leads me beside still waters.1
    He restores my soul.
  He leads me in paths of righteousness2
    for his name’s sake.


  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,3
    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.
  Surely4 goodness and mercy5 shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
  and I shall dwell6 in the house of the LORD
    forever.7

Footnotes

[1] 23:2 Hebrew beside waters of rest

[2] 23:3 Or in right paths

[3] 23:4 Or the valley of deep darkness

[4] 23:6 Or Only

[5] 23:6 Or steadfast love

[6] 23:6 Or shall return to dwell

[7] 23:6 Hebrew for length of days

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 23:

     1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through 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. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 429 (LSB 708):
Lord, Thee I Love with all my Heart

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord, Thee I love with all my heart; 
I pray Thee ne’er from me depart, 
With tender mercies cheer me. 
Earth has no pleasure I would share, 
Yea, heaven itself were void and bare 
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me. 
And should my heart for sorrow break, 
My trust in Thee no one could shake. 
Thou art the Portion I have sought; 
Thy precious blood my soul has bought. 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord, 
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word. 

2. Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave 
My body, soul, and all I have 
In this poor life of labor. 
Lord, grant that I in every place 
May glorify Thy lavish grace 
And serve and help my neighbor. 
Let no false doctrine me beguile 
And Satan not my soul defile. 
Give strength and patience unto me 
To bear my cross and follow Thee. 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My God and Lord, my God and Lord, 
In death Thy comfort still afford. 

3. Lord, let at last Thine angels come, 
To Abram’s bosom bear me home, 
That I may die unfearing; 
And in its narrow chamber keep 
My body safe in peaceful sleep 
Until Thy reappearing. 
And then from death awaken me 
That these mine eyes with joy may see, 
O Son of God, Thy glorious face, 
My Savior and my Fount of grace, 
Lord Jesus Christ, 
My prayer attend, my prayer attend, 
And I will praise Thee without end. 


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