New Living Translation (NLT)
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3 He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
A thousand times I’ve walked this road,
A thousand times or more,
And not much has ever seemed to change
At least not heretofore,
But today as I came strolling by
And passed an injured man,
I asked if I might bind his wounds?
Those in his feet and hands,
“No thanks!” he said with a knowing grin,
“I’m doing very well!”
But I might give you some good advice
That will pull you from your hell,
You see I’ve been right here and watched you,
“A thousand times or more”
But you’ve never even glanced up,
Never seen me here before,
You’re wrapped up in this worldly mess,
You follow after it everyday,
Perhaps you’d like to take a break
Then start walking down this way,
He pointed to a road unseen,
A path I’d never walked before,
It seemed a little narrow
But it begged me to explore,
It led beside a meadow green,
Then peaceful waters calm and clear,
And even through a deep, dark valley,
Yet I had not a single fear,
Soon I found that I was laughing
As sheer joy brought me to my knees,
I was unable to explain what happened
But somehow I knew that I was free,
Free from all the stress and pain,
All the panic and the pride,
I turned loose of all the lust and greed
And to this wicked world I died,
How glad I am to that injured man,
He must have been sent here from above,
I was surely lost here on this road
Until he showed me that path of love.
©2018 by William Pierce
Thank You for sending Jesus. Through Him we have been freed from sin and death, and placed upon a path of righteousness.