Psalm 23:1-6 – He leads me beside still waters

Psalm 23:1-6

1   The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2        He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
3        he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

4   Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff —
they comfort me.

5   You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Scan your body and notice the part of you that most needs to be stilled.
  • Read the Psalmist’s prayer to this place in you that needs to be still.
  • Sit by the still water and be restored by the Shepherd as you invite the stillness to heal you and to deepen your breath.
  • When you are ready, scan your body a second time to see if there is another part of your body that needs to be stilled.
  • If you find another part of your body that needs to be stilled, repeat the steps until you are ready to move on with your day.
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 7, 2017, the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A)

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23:1-6
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings (c) 2017 The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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