Written by Jodi Davis Lybrand
The twenty third psalm contains such familiar and comforting words! It is a favorite to read at funerals.
Who wouldn’t like to leave the daily pressures and drama to lie down and rest beside peaceful streams? Who doesn’t need refreshing and restoration from time to time? Yet, when we are assailed from every direction we have the promise of the Great Shepherd’s loving guidance and protection! And then, and then it ends with the promise of His eternal presence!
Psalm twenty-three is really about the complete journey of life! Read on, sweet friend, with a fresh look at my expanded version of this well known and beloved psalm!
The Lord is my Shepherd, my ruler, companion and friend.
I will not be in want or go lacking.
He calls me to lie down and rest in green pastures,
a pleasant place where I feel welcome and at home.
He leads, guides and gently carries me beside quite, peaceful, still waters.
He restores, refreshes and rescues my soul, my heart, my life and my very breath, turning me back to be with Him, rejoicing in His presence.
He guides me in the right way and direction, in the paths of righteousness,
for His names sake, for a secure destiny that honors and reflects His character.
Even though I walk through the valley, with its shadows of death, darkness calamities,
I will not fear, panic or retreat from any evil or adversity,
because I know you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort and protect me.
You prepare a table before me, a feast of choicest delicacies.
I can eat in peace and thanksgiving, in the very presence of my enemies,
While they look on, in full view,
You anoint my head with oil, the richness of your Holy Spirit.
My cup overflows. I am satisfied, content and complete in your provisions.
Surely your bountiful goodness, kindness, unfailing love, mercy and grace will pursue and follow me all the days of my life and then
I will dwell and remain in the house of my Lord, in my King’s palace,
praising Him in His courts forever and ever!
Jodi Davis Lybrand is a lifelong resident of Shelby County. She is married and has raised two wonderful sons, has a beautiful daughter-in-law and 4 of the most adorable grandchildren ever!
Her favorites include playing with those awesome grand sweeties, enjoying long walks and sunsets, visiting with friends, old and new, painting and working on her bucket list!
A Bible teacher for 30 years, teaching preschool to senior adults (before she was one!) Jodi jests that she can teach you a Bible lesson in sixty seconds or sixty minutes! Most of all she loves to encourage people through the truths found in God’s holy word