It’s probably one of the most common psalms in the whole Bible. Almost everyone knows “the Lord is my shepherd”.
I memorized Psalm 23 as a kid, but most of my life I viewed God as a distant shepherd. I pictured God sitting up in the clouds somewhere, smiling down on me, blessing me — but not actually with me.
Psalm 23:4 says that even in the valley of the shadow of death, He is with me. He is walking through every trial wth me, hand in hand. He is personally leading me through every difficulty. He is aware and deeply involved in each season of my life.
Be encouraged today and remember that Jesus is close. He’s the Good Shepherd (John 10), and He’ll never leave you nor forsake you.
Here’s a rap I wrote based on Psalm 23. Enjoy!
You are my Shepherd, throughout every season
Even through the times I turned my back on You, treason
My heart was frozen, freezin’, but You thawed it
My righteousness, You bought it by Your sacrifice, Your mercy gave me life/
Your kindness is upon me, it follows & overshadows me
You’ve weighed me on Your merciful scales & balances
All throughout my challenges
Disgraces & the times that I stumbled
Your grace is with me, I’m humbled/
You view me through the lenses of love, rose-colored glasses
When I’m with my shepherd, I’ve found that the grass is
Greener, still waters are cleaner, Your righteousness is mine
Your mercy’s what I find, found, when I was blind, bound/
Walking in the darkness, You opened up my eyesight
The Lord is my lamp, salvation, He is my light
The Lord is my shepherd, every breathe, every step
The sheep hear His voice, He speaks, every choice
He leads me by the still brook
Keeps me on that narrow path, with a shepherd’s hook/
You laid down Your life, there’s scars on Your wrists
I was fatherless, my heart was like a stone, numb
But then You called me Your own son
I was afraid, I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted
But now I’m at Your right hand, forever not rejected/
Leaning on those everlasting arms, they embrace me
My heart tends to stray, but Your mercies always chase me
Back to the path, there’s so much You can teach me
Your shepherd’s staff is long enough to reach me
You’ll keep me, You’ve got me, Your love is agape
My shepherd is for me, tell me who could ever stop me?/