The Lord's My Shepherd -
Also Known As Psalm 23

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Along with the Our Father prayer, the prayer of Psalm 23 is one of my favourite prayers.

The Lord's My Shepherd prayer affirms the abundance of God.

We pray this psalm to know the strength of God, regardless of our circumstances.

The Lord is My Shepherd prayer takes us beyond any present turmoil into the joy of God.

The Words To Psalm 23


“A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

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.

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

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.”

( KJV esword)

If you want to memorize Psalm 23, you may find it easier to learn the words of the famous and wonderful hymn -The Lord Is My Shepherd.

This hymn came to my mind at one of my darkest times and gave me great comfort. I remembered to sing it at other times to raise my faith and remind me of God's love.

The Words To The Lord’s My Shepherd (Lyrics)

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; he leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for his own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill:
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes;
My head thou dost with oil anoint
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house for evermore
My dwelling-place shall be.

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The Meaning of Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd

“The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;”
This was such a powerful scripture for me when I was living a life of such seeming lack.
The psalm means that in some way I cannot fully understand, I lack nothing. I have everything. I am provided for.
It encourages us to rest in a place of God's provision.
To touch this place of safety beyond the circumstances of our lives is to experience true freedom.

This bible verse for me is a real celebration of

God is real. Nothing else is.

"He makes me down to lie."
This verse tickled me. I interpreted the psalm to mean that my being bedbound was part of a larger plan. God had made me lie down.

“He leadeth me.”
Fantastic. I certainly didn’t know what I was doing, and still don’t. How wonderful to have a God who leads me.

“My soul he doth restore again.”
This promise of psalm 23 is well worth claiming. I felt the truth of it when living with loneliness and illness. I feel it now.

“I fear no ill, for thou art with me.”
A powerful scripture to claim in times of seeming loneliness and danger. How can anything be frightening when we truly have a sense of God being with us and guiding us?

Other prayer articles related to praying psalm 23:

Click to hear more about how the traditional prayer of Psalm 23 touched me in a time of illness.

How I Pray Psalm 91 - another powerful psalm

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