My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

One of the blessings we have as God’s church is a song book originally given to Israel, then to us, in the form of the book of Psalms. My husband has been working on a playlist to collect a song for every Psalm, as close to the ESV translation as he can find, so he can mediate on the truth throughout the day. Inspired by this endeavour, this week will be dedicated to hymns and songs based on probably is the most famous Psalm – Psalm 23!

My favourite song based on Psalm 23 is “My Shepherd Will Supply My Need” written by Isaac Watts, who wrote many hymns based on the Psalms. I have included my favourite version, as well as a more traditional one, below.

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

When I walk through the shades of death,
Thy presence is my stay;
A word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings 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.

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