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Sara Cone Bryant
The Shepherd's Song
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David had many fierce battles to fight
for King Saul against the enemies of Israel,
and he won them all. Then, later, he had
to fight against the king's own soldiers, to
save himself, for King Saul grew wickedly
jealous of David's fame as a soldier, and
tried to kill him. Twice, when David had
a chance to kill the king, he let him go
safe; but even then, Saul kept on trying to
take his life, and David was kept away
from his home and land as if he were an

But when King Saul died, the people
chose David for their king, because there
was no one so brave, so wise, or so faithful
to God. King David lived a long time,
and made his people famous for victory
and happiness; he had many troubles
and many wars, but he always trusted
that God would help him, and he never
deserted his own people in any hard

After a battle, or when it was a holiday,
or when he was very thankful for
something, King David used to make songs,
and sing them before the people. Some
of these songs were so beautiful that they
have never been forgotten. After all these
hundreds and hundreds of years, we sing
them still; we call them Psalms.

Often, after David had made a song, his
chief musician would sing with him, as the
people gathered to worship God. Sometimes
the singers were divided into two
great choruses, and went to the service in
two processions; then one chorus would
sing a verse of David's song, and the
other procession would answer with the
next, and then both would sing together;
it was very beautiful to hear. Even now,
we sometimes do that with the songs of
David in our churches.

One of the Psalms that everybody loves
is a song that David made when he remembered
the days before he came to Saul's
camp. He remembered the days and nights
he used to spend in the fields with the
sheep, when he was just a shepherd boy;
and he thought to himself that God had
taken care of him just as carefully as he
used to care for the little lambs. It is a
beautiful song; I wish we knew the music
that David made for it, but we only
know his words. I will tell it to you now,
and then you may learn it, to say for

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not

He maketh me to lie down in green
pastures; he leadeth me beside the still

He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me
in the paths of righteousness for his
name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff
they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies: thou anointest
my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow
me all the days of my life; and I will
dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


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