Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 70 - Psalm 23

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1. The Eternal One is my shepherd, He cares for me always,
2. He provides me rest in rich, green fields, beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears;
3. He makes me whole again....
6. Certainly Your faithful protection and loving provision will pursue me where I go, always, everywhere.
I will be with the Eternal One, in Your house forever.

The more I read The Voice translation of Psalms the more I love the imagery the editors create.  I don't want to get in trouble for posting too much of the passages.  But reading this Psalm warms my heart. In verse 5 they translate the second half of the verse You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil, filling my cup again and again with Your grace.  I love that idea of ALL MY NEEDS, filling my cup AGAIN AND AGAIN. So beautiful...

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  1. This is one of those that you hear so much, sometimes you fail to actually look at it. A translation like the Voice or the Message can help you see it through new eyes, for sure.

    A couple weeks ago I was writing a pivotal scene in my novel, where the hero gives his life fully to God, and this Psalm kept roiling through my head, in the form of a southern gospel style song version of it I've heard. I kept coming back again and again to "He restores me soul," which became the verse that really hit my hero hard. And hit ME hard that day.

    Thank you, Lord, for restoring my very soul when I cry unto you!

  2. This chapter never stops being beautiful. How much could the world save on Prozac and other such drugs if people would just read Psalm 23 when they feel anxiety coming on?

  3. New Living Translation
    The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

    So, so very beautiful. I first learned, "El Señor es mi Pastor; nada me faltará." memorizing it (attempting to) in my 9th grade Spanish class. How lovely it was and I loved how it floated off my tongue ~*~ except for the hesitation when I would forget part of it! But then I would visualize the green pasture and continue with the most beautiful part, and I smile as I say it today:

    3b Guiárame por sendas de justicia por amor de su nombre.
    4 Aunque ande en valle de sombra de muerte, No temeré mal alguno; porque tú estarás conmigo: Tu vara y tu cayado me infundirán aliento.

    Then I would completely forget verse 5, but end off strong with 6!

    I especially like THROUGH the valley ~*~ How gracious the Lord is. Through. ...though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death... there is no shadow of turning with Him!
    There's a hand that guides you safely
    Look closely and you'll see
    Your name engraved upon that Hand

    My brother-in-law passed away early last night. We will be returning, and we am so thankful for the time we had with him last week.

    1. Lane,
      I'm praying for your family. I'm sorry about your brother in law, but glad you got to spend time with him.


    2. I'm praying for your family, too! So sorry to hear of your lost, but glad you got this time with him.