The Lord is my shepherd

Look up the word ‘hackneyed’ in the dictionary and you will find a multitude of definitions: overused, overworked, overdone, worn-out, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, ordinary, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable, unimaginative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum, old hat and corny.

On Sunday we will be looking at Psalm 23. These are some of the most familiar words in the Bible. It is a Psalm which has become synonymous with lambs, sheep and bucolic scenes. It has also been a favourite Psalm to be read at funeral services, despite the fact that there are no particular allusions to life beyond death.

So what might this familiar (over-familiar?) Psalm say to us today in our busy, hi-tech, sophisticated lives with our cynical outlooks? In short is this Psalm relevant to us anymore?


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