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. Leanne McFall says:

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

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

  3. Mary Ann says:

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

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