Written by David, Israel’s ‘beloved singer of songs’ (2 Samuel 23:1), Psalm 23 is one of the most widely distributed pieces of literature on earth. It has been set to countless songs, both past and present, and is the subject of numerous pieces of artwork. The Hebrew Scripture book of 2 Samuel records David as saying “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue…”
A psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
May goodness and love follow you all the days of your life…
Mary Ann Offenstein
Founder and Director of Operations
FaithPrayers National Prayer Line