803. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)

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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.

Text Information
First Line: My shepherd will supply my need
Title: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)
Author: Isaac Watts (1719, alt.)
Meter: CMD
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Living and Dying in Christ; Providence
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1986)
Meter: CMD
Key: C Major
Source: Walker's Southern Harmony, 1835
Copyright: Harm. © 1990 Dale Grotenhuis
Notes: Alternate harmonization, 74

Text Information:

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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