First Friday Prayers: The 23rd Psalm

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First Friday Prayers: Psalm 23 by Lauren Sparks

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a study by Jennifer Rothschild on the 23rd Psalm.  An exercise in the last week of the curriculum surprised me.  I easily slipped into praying scripture without even trying!  So I thought I might take you through this section of the workbook and let you have a go of it too!

The author asked us to write a script using the 6 verses of the 23rd Psalm with other passages of her choosing to write our own personal narrative.  She asked us to use the first person, talking about our Shepherd.  So here are the story starters in bold, while my answers are in pink:

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 1 with Nahum 1:7:

God takes care of me and I have everything I need in Him.  He is so good and gives me shelter when things are hard.

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 2 with Psalm 16:8:

God nourishes me and brings me peace.  If I keep my eyes on Him, I am strong.

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 3 with Jeremiah 6:16a

My God refreshes me and leads me to do what’s right so He will be glorified.  Obeying Him is restful.

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 4 with Isaiah 58:8 and Psalm 5:12

No matter what hard thing I face, I’m not afraid because you’re with me and you comfort me.  You bless me and show me favor.

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 5 with Psalm 3:3

I can overflow with joy at what You have for me.  You protect me and keep my chin up.

Combine the 23rd Psalm verse 6 with Psalm 125:2

Your goodness and mercy pursue me and I get to be with you forever.

On the first three prompts, I answered in the manner requested.  I spoke ABOUT God.  But I did not realize until after I completed the exercise and looked back over it that I subconsciously slipped in speaking scripture TO God.  I all that practice praying scripture is instilling a good habit.

If you give this a try, I would love to know how it went.  I’m praying for you in this.  And don’t forget to share on social media or with a friend who could benefit.  It would mean so much to me.  If you don’t want to miss a Praying God’s Word post, subscribe over on the right hand side of this page.


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Lauren Sparks is a wife and mom of 2 daughters – one with special needs – and one bonus son. She lives, worships Jesus, and teaches yoga in Dallas, TX area. She is a contributing author on 3 devotional books, she shares her adventures, victories, and flub-ups from her laptop at

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