I heard this paraphrase version (from the Voice paraphrase) of Psalm 23 spoken on the radio earlier this week. As heretical as it may sound, Psalm 23 is not usually a favorite psalm of mine. But the way that this chapter was worded really resonated with me personally. In light of what’s happening in our nation, and in light of whatever struggles you may personally be going through, I hope this is an encouragement to you:
The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
He provides me rest in rich, green fields
beside streams of refreshing water.
He soothes my fears;
He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths
to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
near with Your protection and guidance,
I am comforted.
You spread out a table before me,
provisions in the midst of attack from my enemies;
You care for all my needs,
anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
filling my cup again and again with Your grace.
Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision
will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere.
I will always be with the Eternal,
in Your house forever.