My shepherd will supply my needAuthor: Isaac Watts (1719)
Tune: RESIGNATION (Southern Harmony)
Songs of Response
Published in 201 hymnals
Printable scores: PDF, SibeliusAudio files: MIDI
1 My Shepherd, you supply my need,
most holy is your name;
in pastures fresh you make me feed,
beside the living stream.
You bring my wand'ring spirit back.
when I forsake your ways;
you lead me, for your mercy's sake,
in paths of truth and grace.
2 When through the shades of death I walk,
your presence is my stay;
one word of your supporting breath
drives all my fears away.
Your hand in sight of all my foes,
does still my table spread;
my cup with Blessings overflows,
your oil anoints my head.
3 Your sure provisions gracious God
attend me all my days;
oh, may your house be my abode,
and all my work be praise.
Here would I find a settled rest,
while others go and come;
no more a stranger, nor a guest,
but like a child at home.
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006
|First Line:||My shepherd will supply my need|
|Title:||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need|
|Author:||Isaac Watts (1719)|
|Liturgical Use:||Songs of Response|
st. 1 = Ps. 23:1-3
st. 2 = Ps. 23:4-5
st. 3 = Ps. 23:6
Psalm 23 has inspired numerous paraphrases and hymn texts, including this text by Isaac Watts (PHH 155). Watts included it in his large 1719 collection of psalm paraphrases, The Psalms of David Imitated.
For general comments on this beloved psalm, see PHH 23; other settings are also at 161 and 452.
See suggestions at PHH 23,161, and 162.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
Psalm 23 remains the most well-loved and often recited psalm, and Isaac Watts' powerful paraphrase, coupled with the peaceful yet strong American folk tune, make this hymn a moving rendition of that psalm. Watts’ interpretation of the last line of psalm, “and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” gives a new understanding to the original psalm: “No more a stranger or a guest, but like a child at home.” Watts gives us a concrete image of dwelling – a child, knowing he or she is safe and secure, and in a place of love and comfort – to help us understand what it is we hope for. The same peace we find in the pasture and by the stream, we find in the house of the LORD, to which our Shepherd is leading us day by day.
One of Isaac Watts’ less frequently used hymns, this lilting rendition of Psalm 23 evokes a sense of peace and calm – an expression of trust in God’s provision. Written for the 1719 collection, The Psalms of David Imitated, this hymn has endured as a moving paraphrase of the beloved psalm. The original consisted of six stanzas, but in today’s modern version each stanza consists of two of the original. There are almost no textual changes – in some hymnals, the first line reads, “My shepherd will supply my need, the Lord God is his name” rather than “Jehovah is his name.” Either title is fitting.
The tune accompanying this hymn in almost every case is RESIGNATION, an American folk melody that first appeared in Southern Harmony in 1835. In most hymnals the tune is in the key of C. The hymn became popular in a choral setting by the American composer Virgil Thomson, and today remains a favorite choral piece - the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, for example, performs a beautiful, soft rendition.
The hymn can also be sung quite easily by a congregation, usually accompanied by piano, but it is possible to use guitar as well – I would suggest light finger picking. Note that the hymn rushes through the last bar of each phrase without giving much time for a breath - rather than add an extra beat and creating an awkward rhythm, try adding an extra measure and filling the space with the accompaniment. This gives the added bonus of making the hymn even more lilting and peaceful.
This hymn can be sung throughout the year at any point in a worship service as a declaration of trust and comfort. It can be particularly powerful after a profession of faith or baptism, during a funeral, or after an intercessory prayer.
Laura de Jong, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 26 of 26)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #198||My Shepherd, you supply my need||My Shepherd, you supply my need||Resignation||1992|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #68||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||22.214.171.124.D. (C.M.D.)||Psalm 23||1991|
|Celebrating Grace Hymnal #66||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||CMD||Psalm 23||2010||God the Father | Sustainer; Assurance | ; Comfort | ; God-Providence ||
|Chalice Hymnal #80||My Shepherd, You Supply My Need||My Shepherd, you supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||CMD||Psalm 23||1995||God Beyond All Name and Form | Providence and Care; Assurance | ; Comfort | ; God | ; God: Grace | ; God: Presence | ; God: Providence | ; Rest ||
|Chalice Hymnal #734a||Psalm 23||My Shepherd, you supply my need||[My Shepherd you supply my need]||Isaac Watts||1995|
|Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #374||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My shephred will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CM D||1993||Redeemer ||
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #782||My Shepherd, You Supply My Need||My Shepherd, you supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||C M D||Psalm 23||2006||Trust, Guidance ||
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #803||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need (Psalm 23)||My shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||CMD||Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:11; Matthew 14:13-21; Matthew 18:10-14; Mark 6:30-34; Luke 15:3-7; John 6:1-14; John 10:1-30; Hebrews 13:6||2013||Living and Dying in Christ | ; Providence ||
|Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #664||My Shepherd will supply my need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1675-1748||CMD||Psalm 23||1985|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #52||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CMD||John 19:11||2007||Assurance | ; God the Father | ; Guidance | ; Poverty | ; Providence | ; Shepherd ||
|Hymns of Truth & Light #88||My Shepherd, you supply my need; most holy is your name||My Shepherd, you supply my need; most holy is your name||RESIGNATION||1998|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #369||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 23; Psalm 23:1-3; Psalm 23:4-5; Psalm 23:6||2013||Grateful Living | ; Jesus Christ | Shepherd/Good Shepherd; Occasional Services | Funeral/Witness to the Resurrection; Spiritual Peace ||
|Moravian Book of Worship #730||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||C.M.D.||Psalm 23||1995||Trust and Guidance | ; Assurance | ; Christ--Shepherd, the | ; Trust and Confidence ||
|Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #597||My Shepherd, you Supply My Need (Señor, Tú Eres Mi Pastor)||My Shepherd, you supply my need (Señor, tú eres mi pastor)||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748; Anon.; Ronald F. Krisman, b. 1946||CMD||Psalm 23; Matthew 18:10-14; Mark 14:35; John 10; Hebrews 13:6||2013||Rites of the Church | Christian Initiation/Baptism; Ritos de la Iglesia | Christiana/Bautismo; Rites of the Church | Pastoral Care of the Sick; Ritos de la Iglesia | Cuidado Pastarol de los Enfermos; Rites of the Church | Funeral; Ritos de la Iglesia | Exequias; Alabanza | ; Praise | ; Amor de Dios para Nosotros | ; Love of God for Us | ; Arrepentimiento | ; Repentance | ; Cielo | ; Heaven | ; Comfort | ; Consuelo | ; Confianza | ; Trust | ; Courage | ; Valor | ; Death | ; Muerte | ; Eternal Life | ; Vida Eterna | ; Exile | ; Exilio | ; Faith | ; Fe | ; Grace | ; Gracia | ; Guía | ; Guidance | ; Healing | ; Sanación | ; Homecoming | ; Regreso al Hogar | ; Pastor | ; Shepherd | ; Providence | ; Providencia | ; Reconciliación | ; Reconciliation ||
|Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #172||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||CMD||Psalm 23||1990|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #23A||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||188.8.131.52. D||Psalm 23||2012||Assurance | ; Blessing | ; Church Year | All Saints' Day; Church Year | Maundy Thursday; Church Year | Transfiguration; Comfort and Encouragement | ; Daily Prayer | Evening Prayer; Daily Prayer | Night Prayer; Darkness | ; Discipleship | ; Elements of Worship | Baptism; Elements of Worship | Lord's Supper; Emmaus Road | ; Enemies | ; Evil | ; Fear | ; Freedom from Fear | ; God as | Shepherd; God's | Forgiveness; God's | Goodness; God's | House; God's | Love; God's | Name; God's | Presence; God's | Protection; God's | Providence; God's | Strength; God's | Way; Grace | ; Jesus Christ | Confidence in; Jesus Christ | Good Shepherd; Joy | ; Life Stages | Death; Love | ; New Creation | ; Occasional Services | Funerals; Peace | ; People of God / Church | Citizens of Heaven; People of God / Church | Suffering; Rest | ; Temple | ; Trust | ; Year A, B, C, Easter, 4th Sunday | ; Year A, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 9-15 | ; Year B, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, June 17-23 | ; Texts in Languages Other than En|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #550||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||CMD||Psalm 23||1987||Epiphany & Ministry of Christ | ; Funerals | ; Shepherd, God/Christ as | ; Walk with God | ; Afflictions | ; Assurance | ; Pilgrimage & Conflct ||
|Rejoice Hymns #146||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Issac Watts, 1674-1748||184.108.40.206.D.(C.M.D.)||Psalm 23:1; Psalm 23||2011||Comfort and Care | ; God's Guidance and Care | ; Jesus | Shepherd|
|Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #104||My Shepherd will supply my need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||1985|
|Small Church Music #1782||Resignation||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts|
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #91||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||C.M.D.||Psalm 23||1996||Adoration and Praise | ; Comfort in Loss | ; God the Nurturer | ; Guidance in Pilgrimage | ; Providence ||
|The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #791b||Psalm 23||My shepherd will supply my need||[My shepherd will supply my need]||1996|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4356||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My shepherd will supply my need||MONORA||Isaac Watts||CMD||<cite>The Psalms of David</cite>, 1719|
|Worship (3rd ed.) #606||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CMD||Psalm 23; Matthew 18:10-14; John 10; Hebrews 13:6||1986||Funeral | ; Pastoral Care of the Sick | ; Penance | ; Comfort | ; Courage | ; Death | ; Eternal Life | ; Faith | ; Food | ; Grace | ; Guidance | ; Healing | ; Heaven | ; Homecoming | ; Love of God for Us | ; Mercy | ; Praise | ; Providence | ; Rest | ; Shepherd | ; Trust | ; Welcome | ; Canons ||
|Worship (4th ed.) #708||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts, 1674-1748||CMD||Psalm 23||2011||Comfort ||
|Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #206||My Shepherd Will Supply My Need||My Shepherd will supply my need||RESIGNATION||Isaac Watts||220.127.116.11.D.||Psalm 23||1996||Blessing (blessedness) | ; Comfort | ; Death | ; Grace | ; Mercy | ; Praise | ; Trust | ; Truth |||<cite>Psalms of David</cite>, 1719|