You brought it to me afresh this morning, Lord.
Your Word is alive, and breathing, and pulsing with light and voice and power.
How many times have I read this passage since I was young?
And the more I know You, Lord, the more precious these words become.
I allow these words to sit, and take root, and fill.
I allow them in deep, and I echo them back to You.
My Shepherd, You provide everything I need. Only You. May I not want for anything outside of what You desire to give, or outside of Your wise counsel. I have contentment in You.
My Shepherd, You let me rest. This world knows little of rest. But in You I rest in green meadows, in my mind, in my heart. That is where I find you, my God of restoration.
My Shepherd, You take my hand and lead me beside the peaceful streams. The sound and motion are healing to my soul. You have taken me there because I need it.
My Shepherd, You make me strong again when I succumb to weakness. Just by You being there I feel strengthened for the next leg of the journey. Your words bring energy.
My Shepherd, You guide me along the wise path. Following Your guidance in doing the right thing brings honor to You, and that is what I want. Help me not to wander.
My Shepherd, there are some very dark times, when I am low, when I am suffering, when death shadows over me. I need not fear because You never leave my side. I am comforted and strengthened by Your presence. You breathe life and light into me.
My Shepherd, You carry a rod and a staff. Even though they are used to guide and discipline me, I am comforted because I know You will keep me safe from consequences and pain. You are seeking to protect me from having to deal with the aftermath of bad choices.
My Shepherd, You are bold and Your parental love for me does not let my enemies gloat over me. You lift my head and You feed me the best of what You have in the company of those who would harm me. I am not intimidated by them.
My Shepherd, You actually honor me with anointing oil. I am humbled as You serve me with a gentle and humble heart. You anoint, and intercede, and bless. A sacred understanding passes between us.
My Shepherd, my life and heart overflow with Your graciousness to me. You never tire of blessing me. It’s as if I’m holding a cup and You’ve forgotten to stop pouring into it, and all manner of glory flows over the sides and onto the path I am taking.
My Shepherd, I know You pursue me with Your goodness and Your love that never fails. May I always feel the warmth of Your presence behind me, because my pace allows You to catch up with me. There is not a day that goes by that You are not pursuing me.
My Shepherd, You are here with me on earth and You have prepared a place for me in Heaven. You dwell inside of me here and I will dwell with you there, beautifully for always.
And You, My Shepherd, will have lead me on the path, and by way of the meadow, and beside the stream, into eternity.
My Shepherd, You are all I want.
– Susie Stewart
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to His name.
Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for You are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord