The Psalms were written primarily as songs that the people of Israel sang. To this day, many lyrics that we sing can find their root in the Psalms. Something special happens when we sing the Words God-inspired as a model for how we ought to worship him. Paul commands us to “ Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly (abundatantly), teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16).” So we should sing Scripture back to God out of the abundance of Scripture in our hearts. This week we will sing Psalm 23 from a melody written by Shane Barnard (Shane and Shane), and I pray that in doing so, our hearts will be thankful to God, our Good Shephard.
A Psalm of David.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.