Listening Through Lent: I Shall Not Want

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 follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Psalm 23


My first exposure to this Psalm came probably about 65-68 years ago when I attended a summer bible school at the Presbyterian church in the village of Eastsound on Orcas island.  One of the components of our age class was to memorize Psalms 23.

I’ve always been especially fond of this psalm because it has given me peace in my heart during times of tribulations, stress and personal trials.

As many of you may or may not know I have a pacer/defibrillator (let’s call it my “unit” from now on, shall we?)  in my chest. My first unit was installed in 2008 and was recently replaced. My first unit resuscitated me five times. My current unit will last from 12 to 15 years. I have not needed the defibrillator for the past 3 years, however my current pacer is pacing my heart 64% of the time.

All this being said, with reference to Psalm 23 I have “…Walked in the Valley of the Shadow of Death…” More than once Terry was called to the hospital in the middle of the night because they thought I was going to die. These words of Psalm 23 were with me. They were in my heart, in my head. They gave me peace. I recognize that people world-wide were praying for me and what a powerful impact that had.

I am grateful for everyday! When I pray I ALWAYS thank the Lord for the privilege he has given me…another day.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever

~Harry Rodenberger




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