Read through this beloved Psalm. Then read it again, but this time bring it home more sharply to yourself by replacing the words “me” and “my” etc. with your name. As in “The Lord is Bill’s shepherd, Bill shall not be in want.” Then perhaps pray for a loved one by similarly inserting their name.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord