The Shepherd Psalm
by F B Meyer
Chapter 1 - I The Shepherd Psalm
Chapter 2 - II The Shepherd Lord
Chapter 3 - III Pastures Of Tender Grass And Waters Of Rest
Chapter 4 - IV He Restoreth My Soul
Chapter 5 - V The Shepherd's Leading
Chapter 6 - VI The Valley Of Shadow
Chapter 7 - VII Comfort Through The Rod And Staff
Chapter 8 - VIII The Banquet
Chapter 9 - IX Thou Anointest My Head With Oil
Chapter 10 - X The Overflowing Cup
Chapter 11 - XI The Celestial Escort
Chapter 12 - XII The House Of The Lord For Ever
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for Thou art with me;
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall fallow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
To see a masterpiece of painting on the walls of an art gallery while a throng of conventional sightseers is pressing past is a very different matter to seeing it quietly on the walls of some stately mansion, when there is time to sit down and drink in the artist's thought, or catch the different lights of early morning, of noon, or of the fading day.
Perhaps the enjoyment is the more complete when some devoted lover of the work stands beside, telling the story of its daily effect upon his mind, and indicating subtle beauties which had escaped the first superficial gaze.
It is with some such intention that this book is sent forth, that, in the quiet of the sick-chamber or of the prayer-closet, attention may be again concentrated on this inimitable psalm; that the familiar words may be considered in the light of growing Christian experience; and that perchance some unnoticed beauty may be suggested by one who seldom comes to it without discerning some fresh reason to thank the Spirit of Inspiration that He ever led the sweet minstrel of Scripture to indite the Shepherd Psalm.
F B Meyer