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

Along with the Holy Spirit prayer, the prayer of Psalm 23 is one of my favourite prayers.

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

This psalm prayer allows us to affirm the provision and abundance of God regardless of our circumstances.

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

Although it doesn't speak specifically of physical healing, this psalm prayer speaks powerfully of emotional healing. We learn to rely on the strength and provision of God.

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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)

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If you want to memorize Psalm 23 as a prayer, 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 Hymn (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 the Psalm 23 prayer, 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

My interpretation of the psalm is that in some way I cannot fully understand, I lack nothing. I have everything. I am provided for.

The 23rd psalm encourages us to rest in a place of spiritual 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 non-duality.

LOVE is real. Nothing else is.

"He makes me down to lie."
This verse tickled me. My interpretation of the psalm at the time was to understand that my being bedbound was part of a larger plan. God had made me lie down.

Of course the words speak more generally of our invitation to find our rest and relaxation in God.

"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:

  • I am a Christian. But some time after I experienced significant recovery, I had the joy of singing the Lord's my Shepherd prayer - Psalm 23  - when I visited a synagogue. Of course the 23rd Psalm is originally a Jewish, Hebrew prayer. Click on the link above to read about my experience with this traditional timeless prayer.
  • How I Pray Psalm 91 - another powerful psalm

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