Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 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.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Sometimes words are so familiar that we find it hard to fully immerse ourselves in them and find the new thought that God would bring to us. Spend a few minutes putting this very well-known psalm into your own words.

for thought and discussion...

What, in your life, do you need to look at with fresh eyes or a different spin? Ask your young people to rewrite this psalm in their own language.

Jenny Cheung

Jenny is the Independent Schools’ Worker in west & central Scotland. She’s also a mum of three and has a passion for the gym and the community choir she directs (the last two are not related!).