John Calvin once called the psalms “a mirror of the soul”, and perhaps more than any other book of the Bible, we find our cries of the soul echoed in the Psalms. As one theologian notes: “Wherever our souls have ventured over the past year, we have not been far from the psalms.” There are psalms of lament, in which the psalmist cries out:” My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” There are psalms of joy, in which the psalmist prays, “Let everything that lives and breathes praise the Lord!” There are psalms of need, with their cries of “Deliver me frommine enemies, O Lord…” And there are psalms of hope, in which the psalmist reaffirms the sure and living hope and that we have in our Lord.
This summer we are going to look at perhaps the most famous psalm of hope, the 23rd Psalm. Take time to read this well-known Psalm through again. Here it is in the King James Version, because a beloved older friend always insisted that I read it in the King James….
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 forever.
May God’s goodness and mercy follow you wherever you go.
With warm summer blessings,
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