You bring me to green pastures for rest… You restore my soul

A Lectio Divina meditation on Psalm 23 from Nan Merrill’s book Psalms for Praying

Experience stillness and in the quiet hear what God is offering from these rich and hope-filled words.

O my Beloved, You are my shepherd,

I shall not want;

You bring me to green pastures

for rest

and lead me beside still waters

renewing my spirit;

You restore my soul.

You lead me in the path of


to follow Love’s way.

Even though I walk through the

valley of the shadow and

of death,

I am not afraid;

For You are ever with me;

your rod and your staff

they guide me,

they give me strength

and comfort.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of all my fears;

you bless me with oil,

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy will

follow me

all the days of my life;

and I shall dwell in the heart

of the Beloved forever.


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