Psalm 23

Psalm Paraphrase

When we read the Psalms, those 150 Old Testament songs, we sometimes ask our pastor; “What in the world does that mean?”

So, taking our curious minds seriously, our pastor decided to start putting those old writings into a format that might make more sense in today’s world.

Pastor is quick to point out that his paraphrase is not a scholarly translation.

He is just using his own interpretation in an attempt to make the Psalms a little more user-friendly.

Read some, let us know what you think.

Note: These Psalms follow the Revised Common Lectionary, which follows a prescribed three-year cycle of readings; they are not a numerical order.

March 15, 2023
Psalm 23

03/19/23 Fourth Sunday in Lent Psalm 23, paraphrased by Pastor William   Oh Lord, you are my protecting shepherd.         You provide my every need. You bed me down in the greenest of meadows.         You bring me to the cool refreshing brook. You allow me to pause,         and then send me forward in […]

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March 9, 2023
Psalm 95

03/12/23 Third Sunday in Lent Psalm 95, paraphrased by Pastor William   Listen up! It is time to tune into the Lord;         Let us make a joyful noise! Let us double time march as we gather;         raising the roof with our songs. Why? Because the Lord is our King;         the best there […]

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March 1, 2023
Psalm 121

03/05/23 Second Sunday in Lent Psalm 121, paraphrased by Pastor William   I look for it, look far and wide;         where is my help? There it is; help comes from God,         who made everything!   God will keep you from tripping;         God watches through the night. God keeps watch over us all, […]

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February 22, 2023
Psalm 32

02/26/23 First Sunday in Lent Psalm 32, paraphrased by Pastor William   To be forgiven is happiness,         there is joy in reconciliation. O Lord you know my faults, but         you choose to not remember them. When I do wrong,         I lay in my bed ruminating. It brings me no peace,         nor […]

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February 15, 2023
Psalm 2

02/19/23 Transfiguration of Our Lord Psalm 2, paraphrased by Pastor William   Why do world leaders scheme,         and collude in selfish ways. They think they are in charge,         they ignore and disregard God.   But God laughs at their folly,         God holds them in contempt. At some point, God will have enough; […]

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February 8, 2023
Psalm 119:1-8

02/12/23 Epiphany 6 Psalm 119:1-8, paraphrased by Pastor William   How wonderful it is,         to be law-filled, when done for the right reason:         for God’s glory. It is great to walk closely with God,         to keep all God’s laws, to do no wrong against others,         to protect God’s creation. Oh, that […]

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February 1, 2023
Psalm 112

02/05/23 Epiphany 5 Psalm 112, paraphrased by Pastor William   Praise God!         Take delight, you who respect God. Your offspring will benefit;         they will be a blessing to others. Your house will be a place of refuge;         peace and love will abound there. God’s light shines through your actions;         you are […]

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January 25, 2023
Psalm 15

01/29/23 Epiphany 4 Psalm 15, paraphrased by Pastor William   God, who gets to come to your party?         How can I get invited?   Follow the straight and narrow,         tell the truth always! Don’t speak bad words about anyone,         always speak well of others. Keep your word,         even if it costs […]

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January 18, 2023
Psalm 27:1, 4-9

01/22/23 Epiphany 3 Psalm 27:1, 4-9, paraphrased by Pastor William   Truth, love and peace;         That’s my God! Strength, courage and willpower;         That’s what God gives! There’s only one thing I want;         to live with God at my side; to be in God’s beautiful home;         to be safe in God’s arms. […]

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January 11, 2023
Psalm 40:1-11

01/15/23 Epiphany 2 Psalm 40:1-11, paraphrased by Pastor William   I cried out and cried out to God;         and God heard me. God pulled me out the pit of despair,         out of the quicksand of misery, God gave me solid ground to stand on,         gave me safety and security. I had a […]

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