God Is My Shepherd

Representative Text

1 God is my shepherd, I'll not want,
I feed in pastures green.
God grants me rest and bids me drink
from waters calm and clean.
Through daily tasks, I'm blessed and led
by one I have not one seen.

2 Restored to life each morning new,
I rise up from the dust
to follow God whose presence gives
me confidence and trust.
I praise the name of God today;
in God I put my trust.

3 When I must pass through shadowed vale,
where loss and death await,
I will not fear for God is there,
my shepherd strong and great,
whose rod and staff will comfort me
and all my fears abate.

4 No enemy can overcome,
no power on earth defeat
the one anointed by God's grace
and fed with manna sweet.
My cup is filled and overflows
as I my Savior greet.

5 Goodness and mercy all my days
will surely follow me;
and where God reigns in heaven and earth,
my dwelling place will be.
My shepherd blesses, cares, and leads
through all eternity.

Source: Chalice Hymnal #79

Adapter: Lavon Bayler

Lavon Baylor was born on January 17, 1933 in Sandusky, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State Teachers College in 1955, a Master in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis) in 1959 and did postgraduate work at Lancaster Theological Seminary. She has pastored Church of Christ and Congregational congregations in Ohio and Illinois. She is the author of Fresh Winds of the Spirit: liturgical resources for year A, Whispers of God: liturgical resources for year B and "Refreshing rains of the living Word: liturgical resources for year, as well as other books. Dianne Shapiro, from Prabook (www.prabook.com, accessed 2-3-2019) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God is my shepherd, I'll not want
Title: God Is My Shepherd
Adapter: Lavon Bayler (1992)
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1650
Publication Date: 1995
Copyright: Text adapt. © 1992 The Pilgrim Press



BROTHER JAMES' AIR was composed by James Leith Macbeth Bain (b. Scotland, c. 1840; d. Liverpool, England, 1925), the healer, mystic, and poet known simply as Brother James. The tune was first published in his volume The great peace: being a New Year's greeting ... (1915). Born in a devout Christian…

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Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Chalice Hymnal #79

The New Century Hymnal #479

Voices United #748

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