The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
On a snowy cold winter day it’s hard to find green pastures and still waters. But with a bit of searching and some help from others, something closely resembling the imagery of this Psalm can be found. My oldest made these three scenes from this psalm – the shepherd by the still waters, walking through the valley, and the table set before the writer in the presence of enemies.
There is such truth in my experience of this Psalm. At first glance we might not see the shepherd in our lives, we may not feel the protection through the valley, or we may not feel the anointing we once felt. But it’s there and often in the others God puts around us who reveal the never-disappearing presence of God.