PSALM 23 (KJV)*
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.