There are few more reassuring passages of Scripture than the 23rd Psalm. In 1973, Leslie F. Brandt took several familiar Psalms–the kind we often gloss right over–and put them into modern language. I especially like his take on Psalm 23. Perhaps it will be a welcome companion to you in times of trouble:
“The Lord is my constant companion.
There is no need that He cannot fulfill.
Whether His course for me points
to the mountaintops of glorious joy
or to the valleys of human suffering,
He is by my side.
He is ever present with me.
He is close beside me
when I tread the dark streets of danger,
and even when I flirt with death itself,
He will not leave me.
When the pain is severe,
He is near to comfort.
When the burden is heavy
He is there to lean upon.
When depression darkens my soul,
He touches me with eternal joy.
When I feel empty and alone,
He fills the aching vacuum with His power.
My security is in His promise
to be near me always
and in the knowledge
that He will never let me go.”
-from “Psalms/Now” by Leslie F. Brandt
1973 Concordia Publishing House