Psalm 23 for People with Cancer


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Please be my shepherd! I know if I follow you patiently, I will have everything I need.

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

You bring me visions of leafy places and grassy greens: emerald and jade and lime and chartreuse; I rest in them. You hand me memories of calm waters after dawn on the shore of Lake Michigan and a tranquil pond near a walking trail. My feverish eyes are refreshed.

 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

You walk beside me while my bones ache and my body shivers and sweats.  Since you never leave, I know I will be restored to peace. When I am anxious, you put a “clean heart” and a “new and right spirit in me” (Psalm 51:10). 

 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.

“The Lord will save me and [I] will sing to stringed instruments all the days of my life” (Isaiah 38:20).  You are a “shield around me” (Psalm 3:3). “I am sustained on my sick bed” (Psalm 41:3).  “You will comfort me once again”(Psalm 71: 21 b).

 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

My disease is my enemy.  It tries to bring me down and make me weak. I am blessed by your presence, you give me what I need to stay strong. Your grace overflows every day and I learn from my feebleness. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

I never doubt your compassion and healing power; you will be with me in the good days and in the dark nights.  I am safe in your kingdom now and forever.


* For all who live with a chronic disease. Written at 2:00 AM on the day after chemotherapy.

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3 Responses to Psalm 23 for People with Cancer

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Love to you Karen. Even in the midst of this cancer you guide us how to live. Thank you.

  2. I’m glad you think it will be helpful!

  3. Leanne McFall says:

    I shared this to Facebook . I think it will encourage many. Praying for you today.

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