Lance LandallThe Shepherd’s Psalm, Paraphrased/Expanded
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The Shepherd’s Psalm, Paraphrased/Expanded
Poetry by Lance Landall

 (Psalm 23, KJV)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

The Lord is my Shepherd, that is, He watches over me — Like an earthly shepherd, who tends his flock, protectively. He’s my Provider/Sustainer, He takes care of my needs, Hence I’ve put my trust in Him, for my Shepherd wisely leads.

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.”

He’s like an oasis — midst trying times — in whom I find rest, He renews my strength, heartens with His Word, and sees I’m blessed. He provides times of relief, sends angels to assist me, And He lets me know He’s there, midst trials and adversity.

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.”

He leads me along paths of righteousness, unfailingly, Along paths — that though they may seem dark — He knows are best for me. His faithful and true guidance are a sure testimony, That reveal His character, wisdom, creativity.

“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..”

During times of persecution, or threats to my life, He’s there, I’m conscious of His presence, have His word that He’ll be near. His rod: Gives me protection, His staff: Support on which to lean, And when Satan shows — my Shepherd, His rod and staff — stand between.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

Though enemies surround me, taunt me, or scheme evilly, He keeps them at a distance, and continues to bless me. There is joy amidst my trials, peace, even prosperity, Thus, my heart’s full of gratitude, I’m loved unconditionally.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I well dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”

Oh, yes, His goodness and mercy, surround and follow me, Hence I long to be with Him, all throughout eternity. I look forward to that day, when, with my Lord I will dwell, And with a song in my heart, ever singing, “All is well.”

How I long to sit around that table that’s being prepared, Communing with my Shepherd, who love for me, has declared. All throughout eternity, I’ll stay under His watch care, Living in a Paradise, He’s looking forward to share.

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