The most familiar words can become filled with greater meaning when they are placed in a new setting. As I looked at the photo taken in a remote fjord in Norway, the morning tranquility reminded me of that well-known Psalm “The Lord is my Shepherd.” So as I thought about the ancient truth of David’s song of faith, I tried to put it in my own words- not to “improve” it (!) but to make it personal. Perhaps my effort will bring ancient Truth alive through these new words.
There’s a path through the mountains On the way to a promised land, That leads beside the green fields Where still waters quench my thirst. God is my Guide, my provider for need. God renews my life from within, And teaches the way for my steps, So my soul honours His Name. In desolate days not even Death cuts me off, For God walks beside me and evil must flee. He saves me, comforts and challenges me; His love disciples my heart and mind. The banquet of blessing scorns my foes, Signs of Your grace overflow! All You provide is good beyond measure, To be near to You, the greatest of treasure. From setting out, to coming home I live in Your Presence, forever in peace. Psalm 23-ish © Richard Starling, 2022