Pastor Chalese shared this beautiful version of Psalm 23 as a benediction to her talk on Sunday, May 10, 2020.
God, my shepherd! My leader. My example. My guide through every season.
I don’t need a thing. You always provide. Always show up. Always bring me every thing at the right time. My great provider.
You make me lie down. Lie down in quiet, in rest. Lie down in solitude, in your grace and mercy. Lie down in this present moment…make me lie down.
You let me catch my breath. Remember what is most important. Bring life back into focus. Bring life back to my soul. Bring me life.
You restore to me what I had lost along the way.
Even when I find myself in the darkest valley, overwhelmed, consumed, surrounded on all sides…
I am not afraid. Because You…are with me.
You watch over me. You protect me. You guiding spirit comforts me. I can sense you all around and it makes me feel secure.
When I sit at my table, surrounded by my enemies: fear, doubt, worry, insecurity, and shame. You sit right beside me. You remind me I am chosen. You lift my wearied head.
You give me a purpose and a calling, a reason to get out of bed in the morning. And I am renewed.
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life.
I am with you forever. For the rest of my life, I will follow you.
You make me lie down, you restore my soul.