“The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush. . .” (Psalm 23:1, Japanese Translation)
Would you like to take a new look at Psalm 23? So often we open up our Bible and the words blur past us. When our heart is hurting or our body is in pain, we can quickly skip over certain passages, such as the words for the 23rd Psalm, because we think we know them already and that we won’t get anything fresh out of them today to offer encouragement. It’s time like this looking at another translation can help us slow down and look again at certain scriptures.
Below are the words to the 23rd Psalm. It was recently read to us and one of my womens retreats, and this translation from the Japanese Bible gives Psalm 23 meaning. In fact, it describes exactly what we need t do with scripture! “He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals, He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity.”
I hope you are blessed as well and that it gives you a new explanation of the 23rd Psalm.
Words for Psalm 23
The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals,
He provides me with images of stillness, which restore my serenity,
He leads me in the ways of efficiency through calmness of mind,
And His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here,
His timelessness, His all-importance, will keep me in balance,
He prepares refreshment and renewal in the midst of my activity,
By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows,
Surely harmony and effectiveness shall be the fruits of my hours,
For I shall walk in the pace of my Lord and dwell in His house for ever.
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and lives with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son and her new book is “How to Start a Chronic Illness Small Group Ministry.”
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