|Text:||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)|
1 My shepherd will supply my need;
Jehovah is his name.
In pastures fresh he makes me feed,
beside the living stream.
He brings my wandering spirit back
when I forsake his ways,
and leads me, for his mercy's sake,
in paths of truth and grace.
2 When I walk through the shades of death
your presence is my stay;
one word of your supporting breath
drives all my fears away.
Your hand, in sight of all my foes,
does still my table spread;
my cup with blessings overflows;
your oil anoints my head.
3 The sure provisions of my God
attend me all my days;
O may your house be my 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.
|First Line:||My shepherd will supply my need|
|Title:||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)|
|Topic:||Living and Dying in Christ; Providence|
|Harmonizer:||Dale Grotenhuis (1986)|
|Source:||Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835|
|Copyright:||Harm. © 1990 Dale Grotenhuis|
|Notes:||Alternate harmonization, 74|
The effectiveness of this beloved paraphrase of Psalm 23 owes much to the flowing shape note melody that serves as a “living stream” to carry the text, which in turn has been given a remarkable clarity and lightness through the poet’s masterful use of single-syllable words
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