23rd Un-Psalm (Sep-Dec 2004)

By Matt Dabbs

by Lynn Anderson
September – December, 2004

If you were to convince me that there is no Father in Heaven and Jesus never went to the cross for me, I think I would lose my mind. I might even lose my life. And I am sure I would lose my soul! I would be a sheep without a shepherd and my twenty-third Psalm might sound something like the following (my words are below each line of the actual twenty-third Psalm below).

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
I am a sheep without a shepherd.
I do not know who to follow—
And I am utterly in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me besides still waters.
I am empty.
Nothing satisfies.
Nothing refreshes me.
I find no Real fulfillment.
No lasting security.
No real rest.

He restores my soul.
I feel like a lost soul—
totally, irretrievably depleted.

Even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
I don’t believe anyone walks with me in the darkest valley!
And contemplation of my own mortality holds me
“all my lifetime in bondage under fear of death”—
For in that final hour I will be profoundly alone!

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I feel misguided and I find no authentic comfort in anything.
None.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
I feel unwelcome in my world, always hungry for something—
and totally overwhelmed by a thousand threatening forces.

You anoint my head with oil. My cup runs over.
My blistered head aches, with no oil of relief. My joy cup is dry
all the way to the bottom. Bone dry.

Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
I have given up hoping for any real quality to my life.
In fact, genuine goodness and mercy have eluded me
all of my days—and I don’t really expect things to change

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Oh how I ache to belong somewhere.
But I don’t really feel at home anywhere ….
And I think I will feel lonely and homeless forever.New Wineskins

Lynn AndersonLynn Anderson is an author, well-known speaker, and founder of the San Antonio based Hope Network Ministries, a ministry dedicated to coaching, mentoring and equipping church leaders. [Lynn Anderson.org]

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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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