Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Wednesday Prayer

My Shepherd will supply my need,
Jehovah is his name;
In pastures fresh he makes me feed
Beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back,
When I forsake his ways;
And leads me for his mercy’s sake,
In paths of truth and grace.

When I walk thro’ the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in spite of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blesgs overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may thy house be mine abode,
And all my work be praise!
There would I find a settled rest,
(While others go and come)
No more a stranger or a guest,
But like a child at home.

~Issac Watts parphrase of Psalm 23.
For Julia Spencer-Fleming readers: found at the beginning of her new novel, I Shall Not Want.
Two other Isaac Watts versions here.
The George Herbert version (1633) is here.


Mary Beth said...

Please pray for my friend Tracy, who has asked for CONFIDENTIAL prayers from just a few friends. She has had a bad mammogram and needs more tests...

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Sophia said...

Here too, MB.