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Wednesday Reflection for 10th July

Wednesday Reflection

This week we reflect on a hymn (CH4 no. 462) written over a hundred years ago by Henry Williams Baker based on Psalm 23 which is very familiar to many, carrying many memories. However, different parts of this hymn gain deeper meaning as we travel onwards through all the joys and challenges of life at whatever stage we are at.

The King of Love my Shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am his

and he is mine for ever.


Where streams of living water flow

my ransomed soul he leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow

with food celestial feedeth.


Perverse and foolish oft I strayed;

but yet in love he sought me,

and on his shoulder gently laid,

and home rejoicing brought me.


In death’s dark vale I fear no ill,

with thee, dear Lord, beside me:

thy rod and staff my comfort still,

thy cross before to guide me.


Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

thy unction grace bestoweth;

and oh, what wonder and delight

from thy pure chalice floweth!


And so, through all the length of days

thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

within thy house for ever!