The Lord's my Shepherd

It was in 1650AD that the General Assembly of The Church of Scotland published its Metrical Psalms which have become known as The Scottish Psalter. These were translations into Common Metre of the original Hebrew Scriptures and underwent a rigorous review lasting more than six years before church leaders were convinced that they were the very best translations available. Probably the most beloved and quoted of these is Psalm 23 which many christians prior to the 21st Century probably could recite better than that from the Authorized Version!

Stracathro (from Scottish Gaelic Srath Catharach) is a tiny village in Angus, NE Scotland, and lends its name to this beautiful Psalm Tune arranged by Norman Bearcroft. Each of the five verses is given a slightly different harmonic treatment allowing the beauty of the words to stand out from the texture.

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie In pastures green; He leadeth me The quiet waters by.
My soul He doth restore again; And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, Even for His own Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For Thou art with me; and Thy rod And staff my comfort still.
My table Thou hast furnishèd In presence of my foes; My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.
Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me; And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling place shall be.
Recorded live Sunday April 14 2013 in our worship service. Please click on the podcast link to play.