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The 23rd Psalm, Or How it Reads to Me, Now
by John Fautley

The 23rd Psalm…. Or how it reads to me… now

The Lord is my Shepherd . . . (Not because I chose Him , but because He chose me).

I shall not want, . . . (Because He knows what is better for me than I do).

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, . . . (He does, I don't always see it, but when I see it I know. He does, so I know He still does even when I don't see it).

He leadeth me beside the still waters, . . . (as above, I don't always recognise this but when I have recognised this Peace, I am sustained to know that All is still well, even though appearances may say that all is not well).

He restoreth my soul, . . . ( He does by reminding me who is in charge of this Universe, and me).

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake,…… (Sure don't look righteous to me, but it is for His name , not mine, He will not share His Glory with any man).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for though art with me, . . . (Yea done that. He's taken care of me for 56 years, I might have, even more to come yet, but He will still walk me through His valley).

Thy Rod and Thy Staff they comfort me, . . . (If I lost sight of His Rod and His Staff, I am in big trouble).

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies, . . . (He has shown me how, daily, I walk through the fire in front of my enemies, and I come out without the smell of smoke on my clothes).

Thou anointest my head with oil, . . . (If you say so Lord…. I'll take it).

My cup runneth over, . . . ( again Lord if you say so it is so…. Sometimes I really recognise this, but if I am not recognising this, I still say You are doing it).

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, . . . (Thank you Jesus of Nazereth, that you were willing to do what you did for me, so this psalm can be, and is a reality).