Singing The 23rd Psalm


 Here is another Psalms song the Lord taught me.  It is Psalm 23 to the tune of the Welsh Blessing.  In one of the older UMC hymnals the tune is the same one for the hymn “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing.” 

The Lord put that tune in my mind at one point and I just kept humming it for weeks, then all of a sudden the words of Psalm 23 “dropped” into the tune.  I wrote them down as I was singing it and I located the music somewhat through chance, when I heard a UMC children’s curriculum DVD playing in a children’s Sunday School class I was teaching with the song “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing.”  That sent me looking for it in the various hymnals we had at the church.

If we are seeking to worship the Lord with all of who we are and we have any musical training at all, worship can evolve this way.  I took 8 years of piano as a child and can play most anything in the hymnal with a little practice.  God uses music to speak to me and encourage my heart in times of sadness and also to ground me in times of excessive exuberance!