Un-Psalm 23

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.



Un-Psalm 23

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)


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth Brown says:

    I like this a lot. It gets the brain working. Although the line about who are you to judge… I get it because it’s a typical thing that modern Americans say. But you’re comparing the correction of God in the Psalm with objecting to the correction of man. God’s rod and staff are not the rod and staff of other people or even other Christians. God corrects perfectly and without malice, bias, or hypocrisy. I don’t think people usually quote Jesus when they object to the correction of God. They probably make a slightly less ridiculous argument than quoting God to God. We are pretty good at deceiving ourselves. Instead someone might say something like, “What did God ever do for me? He shouldn’t get to tell me what to do.” Or maybe they would say “God is just a fairy tale and His rules are antiquated, for the weak of will.” I love the end though. Made me smile.

  2. Larry Mederich says:

    I want to read the book now!

  3. Larry Mederich says:

    Awesome job thinking through the American mindset and how it contradicts Biblical thinking.

    1. Justin Mederich says:

      Thanks Dad! Hope you’re enjoying the nice weather in Mexico.

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