Gay Christian Devotion
Psalm 23 (King James Version)
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.
Verse four is often taken to mean that God is with us when things are dangerous or when we are grieving the loss of a loved one. There is, however, another very rich meaning to verse four. When James Moffatt translated the Psalm, he translated verse four to read, “My road may run through a glen of gloom, but I fear no harm, for thou art beside me; thy club, thy staff - they give me courage.” When you are so discouraged you are frightened, God is still with you. The Ruler of the Universe is with you when you are depressed and discouraged.