Isaac Watts (1674-1748), who wrote such beloved hymns as “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and “Joy to the World,” also wrote hundreds of hymns which are virtually unknown. Three of his lesser-known hymns are based on the well-known Psalm 23…and each one is a precious reminder of the wonder of having the Lord God as our Shepherd. Below are the first stanzas from each of these three hymns. Given the uncertainty of the world in which we live and both the physical and spiritual needs we all have, these are stanzas well worthy of our contemplation! I have bolded the wording which has had the greatest impact on my heart today. The phrase in italics comes in a close second. The result: the Greater stillness of heart and trust in God’s care.
- My Shepherd is the living Lord; Now shall my wants be well supplied; His providence and holy word Become my safety and my guide.
- My Shepherd will supply my need, Jehovah is his name; In pastures fresh he makes me feed, Beside the living stream.
- The Lord my Shepherd is, I shall be well supplied; Since he is mine and I am his, What can I want beside?