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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.

Adapter: Lavon Bayler

Area Conference minister in Northern Association of the Illinois Conference, United Church of Christ since 1979. Author of the books: Led by Love: Worship Resources, Gathered By Love and more. 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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