A Fly On The Wall

I wrote down these thoughts in my journal several months ago while reading through the Psalms. Many have heard this familiar passage read at funerals. However, I believe that when we read this passage without the lens of funerals and mourning blurring our vision we will see something new and fresh we have never seen before.

As we study the Psalms we experience David’s conversations with God like a fly on the wall. Perhaps, nowhere else in the bible can we find such a wide range of raw emotions.

My paraphrase of the Psalmist’s words follow in italics.


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
God is my protector and provider. In Him I have everything I need.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
He gives me perfect rest, peaceful rest, in Him I am made whole, again.

He guides me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.
He wants me to be in a right relationship with him! He will be made famous.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
When life is dark and I am overwhelmed, God is with me. Because God, my Comforter, my Protector, is with me I fear nothing.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
I am richly blessed by you.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
You have chosen me and blessed me beyond compare.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Because of my right relationship with God he will shower me with his goodness and mercy forever; and even though I may die, I will live with Him in heaven forever.

People will often read this passage when they need comforting; what passage do you read when you need comforting?

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