Know The Shepherd (Not the Psalm)

There is an old story of two men in a large classroom who were called to recite Psalm 23.

One was a published orator trained in speech technique and drama. He recited the psalm in a powerful way. When he finished, the audience cheered and even asked for an encore (extra) that they hear his powerful voice again.

Then the other man, who was much older, repeated the same words…The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” But when he finished no sound came from the large class. Instead the people sat in a deep mood of devotion and prayer.

Then the first man, the orator, stood to his feet, “I have a confession to make,” he said. “The difference between what you heard from my old friend and what you have heard from me is this: I KNOW THE PSALM, MY FRIEND KNOWS THE SHEPHERD.”


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