I preparation for my sermon Sunday I wrote an illustrative anti-poem to the renowned 23rd Psalm.
For reference sake I have included the original text as a point – counter point – style of blog.
I’d love to hear your any thoughts, agreements, disagreements, changes, or adaptations you might have.
I am my Shepherd. I am my King. I am my God.
(The Lord is my shepherd)
I want and want. My stomach and eyes are never satisfied. No matter how much I have it’s never enough.
(I shall not want)
The grass is always greener on the other side, but when I arrive it’s browner than the last.
(He makes me lie down in green pastures)
I seek peaceful waters, but my life is turbulent. Like a raft on rapids, I keep myself upright but am headed toward a waterfall of destruction.
(He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul)
I decide what is right and wrong. My morality adapts to my feelings and desires.
(He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake)
Externally I look fine; internally I am surrounded by darkness. I am sad and depressed. I often wish the cliffs would swallow me whole rather than to continue walking alone through these trials.
(Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me)
Do not dare try to correct or rebuke me. Who are you to judge? Jesus said, “Judge not or you will be judged.”
(Your rod and your staff comfort they me)
My I cannot get a leg up in life. My boss won’t promote me. My friends mock me. My wife won’t praise me. My children despise me.
(You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies)
My head is hung low in defeat; my cup is always half empty.
(You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows)
Fear and sorrow follow me.
(Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life)
I’ll make it to heaven because I’m good.
(And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever)