The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want

1
The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want;
  He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
  The quiet waters by.
2
My soul He doth restore again,
  And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
  E’en for His own name’s sake.
3
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
  Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
  And staff me comfort still.
4
My table Thou hast furnished
  In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
  And my cup overflows.
5
Goodness and mercy all my life
  Shall surely follow me,
And in God’s house forevermore
  My dwelling-place shall be.
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Gideon Tindimwebwa

Kampala, Uganda

My wife and I; one of our top two favorite hymns. I love playing it on my Yamaha organ, to Crimond, and always feel peaceful by the end.

Verse three of the hymn invariably generates a an overwhelmingly tearful emotion in me, because, when I played a recording of the hymn to my wife, then very sick on a hospital bed, during her last days, she broke into a sob and I had to terminate it.

I still love the hymn.


Yvonne Owen

Parkland County, Alberta, Canada

I love this hymn. In grade 5, our class, along with all grade 5 students in the city of Edmonton, (a few thousand), were taught this hymn with all its harmonies. Together, in the "Edmonton Gardens" arena, we all assembled and accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, sang this 23rd Psalm. It was dizzyingly wonderful, and unforgetable. In later years, I accepted Jesus as my Lord and can truly know the blessing of these words. I am writing this note in the night as I woke unable to get back to sleep, so quoted the 23rd Psalm. Not sure I was getting it right, I got up and went on line. Going further than just the scripture, I searched for this song which was a real delight. I'll now sleep well.


Henrich Brockhaus

Bellingham, WA, United States

Dear Rev. John. Some of the information you seek can be found right next to the title under "i" (information). You might also read Steve Miller's comment of January 5, 2014. God bless!


Rev. John Albert Devadosan Selwyn

Bangalore, Karnataka South India, India

I am greatly thrilled to enjoy the meaning, message and the melody of the Hymn. The most favorite Psalm of all Psalms in the Bible. I thank God for it. I always wondered who compose the words of this Hymn though I am aware it is Psalm 23 is in the Bible, however, the words of the Hymn and the music set to it re very interesting. The circumstance under which the author of these words as found in this Hymn is fascinating. for me. I wish to know the name of the person and the circumstance under which he or she wrote these words borrowing from the Bible. God bless them.


Leslie Thomason

ST Helens, United Kingdom

I’ve always loved this song and if I feeling low I sing this a frw times and I feel recharged.

I was in the church choir from my teenage years and for some reason this song takes me back there.


Jeff Hollier

Australia

Awesome song... thank you writer.


Adrian Rose

Mersey Side, Wirral, United Kingdom

Yeah, How Great Thou Art would be my first choice, Lord My Shepherd close second!


Debra Vass

Hartlepool, Durham, United Kingdom

I'm having this hymn sung by my family at my funeral to let them know I did not fear death and that I'm happy in my resting place. I think this will comfort them.


Leigh Powell

United Kingdom

This lovely hymn based on Psalm 23 in the Old Testament of the Bible, is based upon the idea that the singer is a sheep, shepherded by the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Goid Shepherd (John 10).

But do we KNOW the shepherd?

It is possible to know the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, by repenting of our sins, believing that He died to take our sins away on the cross, arose from the dead because He did not sin, and receiving Him as Lord and Saviiour, as well as Goid Shepherd. (John 1 verse 12).

John 17 verse 3 shows in Jesus's Gethsemane prayer that eternal life is knowing Jesus Christ and the Father who sent Him. So John 3 verse 16, the gospel in short, shows that if we believe the gospel, we shall have everlasting life, in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour.

Only when we are born again Christians can we know the Good Shepherd and sing this hymn, in faith, as God intends us to. Otherwise we sing this hymn in vain.


Juliet

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This hymn comforts me... It reassures me that I am not alone, that Christ is with me in all I do. I love the second verse because it restores and uplifts my soul. I am blessed.