Yay God—you’re my shepherd! I don’t need anything, because you take good care of me.
Thanks for giving me places to eat, drink, and rest.
You energize me! Help me obey you, in Jesus’ name.
Even when things get bad, I don’t need to be afraid, because you’re always with me. I like it when you fight my enemies and pull me close to you.
When the bad guys are all around me, you do all kinds of cool things to love and support me.
Thanks for the good stuff you give me while I live here and when I—for sure!—go to heaven.
I love you, my good shepherd God! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Psalm 23 ESV
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 paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will 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 forever.
Note: For a grown-up prayer of Psalm 23, see https://kristinalunde.com/psalm-23-prayer/