The LORD my shepherd rules my lifeVersifier: Christopher M. Idle (1977)
Published in 9 hymnals
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1 The LORD, my shepherd, rules my life
and gives me all I need;
he leads me by refreshing streams;
in pastures green I feed.
2 The LORD revives my failing strength,
he makes my joy complete;
and in right paths, for his name's sake,
he guides my faltering feet.
3 Though in a valley dark as death,
no evil makes me fear;
your shepherd's staff protects my way,
for you are with me there.
4 While all my enemies look on,
you spread a royal feast;
you fill my cup, anoint my head,
and treat me as your guest.
5 Your goodness and your gracious love
pursue me all my days;
your house, O LORD, shall be my home
your name, my endless praise.
|First Line:||The LORD my shepherd rules my life|
|Title:||The LORD, My Shepherd, Rules My Life|
|Versifier:||Christopher M. Idle (1977)|
|Copyright:||Text © 1982, Hope Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission|
A profession of joyful trust in the LORD as the good Shepherd-King.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = v. 3
st. 3 = v. 4
st. 4 = v. 5
st. 5 = v. 6
Psalm 23's tranquil confession of faith and hope builds on the common ancient Near East and Old Testament metaphor of the king as shepherd of his people. God is the true Shepherd-King, providing his people their every need (st. 1-2), protecting them against every danger (st. 3), and welcoming them to a banquet of bounty and fellowship at the LORD's royal table in the face of their enemies (st. 4). The people thus have the sure hope of God's unfailing care and of ready access to God's presence (st. 5). Jesus' use of the shepherd image (John 10) has further endeared this psalm to Christians everywhere.
The 1977 versification by Christopher M. Idle (PHH 20) was first published in Jesus Praise (1982). He wrote it, he said, "to provide a version of the twenty-third Psalm in familiar meter which would avoid the archaisms and inversions of the established sixteenth-century version from the Scottish Psalter" (161). Other settings of Psalm 23 include 161, 162, and 550.
As an expression of trust, Psalm 23 is appropriate for many liturgical uses, including baptism, the Lord's Supper, weddings, and funeral services.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 9 of 9)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Catholic Book of Worship III #489||The Lord, My Shepherd Rules My Life||The Lord, my shepherd, rules my life||CRIMOND||Christpher M. Idle||Psalm 23||1994||Comfort/Consolation | ; Faith Journey | ; Jesus | ; Order of Christian Funerals | Vigils - Hymns; Order of Christian Funerals | Funeral Liturgy; Shepherd | ; Trust in God ||
|Church Family Worship #137||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||CM||1988|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #45a||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||BEDFORDSHIRE MAY-DAY CAROL||Christopher Idle (born 1938)||8 6 8 6 (CM)||Psalm 23||1987||Easter 2 | The Good Shepherd; God, Father | Gracious and Merciful|
|Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #45b||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||BROTHER JAMES' AIR||Christopher Idle (born 1938)||8 6 8 6 (CM) extended||Psalm 23||1987||Easter 2 | The Good Shepherd; God, Father | Gracious and Merciful|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #732||The LORD, My Shepherd, Rules My Life||The LORD, my shepherd, rules my life||CRIMOND||Christopher Idle||188.8.131.52||Psalm 23; John 10:11-18; John 10:25-30; Philippians 4:14-19||2013||Jesus Christ | Shepherd/Good Shepherd; Occasional Services | Dedication of Holy Living|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #23B||The Lord, My Shepherd, Rules My Life||The Lord, my shepherd, rules my life||CRIMOND||Christopher Idle||184.108.40.206.||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 ||
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #23||The LORD, My Shepherd, Rules My Life||The LORD my shepherd rules my life||CRIMOND||Christopher M. Idle||CM||Psalm 23||1987||Comfort & Encouragement | ; Funerals | ; Shepherd, God/Christ as | ; Sickness & Health | ; Trust in God | ; Songs for Children | Psalms; Assurance | ; Easter | ; Lord's Supper | ; Walk with God ||
|Songs for Life #201||The Lord, My Shepherd||The Lord, my shepherd, rules my life||CRIMOND||Christopher M. Idle||CM||Psalm 23||1995||Living in God's World | God's Care for Us|
|Worship Together #601||The Lord My Shepherd Rules My Life||The Lord my shepherd rules my life||CRIMOND||Christopher Idle||1995|