A favorite psalm of mine

When I was young, playing little league baseball, I was usually one of the better players on my team. However, there was one infamous game around the time I was 13 when I was pitching for Skinner's Appraisals. Man was I getting pounded. Hit after hit after hit, we were losing so badly I started crying, right there on the mound. (hey I'm mature enough & man enough to admit I cried right? hehe :-)) The next event I'll remember for the rest of my life, my coach walked out to the mound and quietly quoted this psalm to me:

The Lord is my Shephard
He meets all my needs
He makes me lie down in green patures
He leads me by still waters
He restores my soul
He leads me along the path of righteousness
For His name's sake

Even though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil
Because you are with me
Your rod and your staff comfort me
You prepare a table for me in the presence of my enemies
You annoint my head with oil
My cup overflows

Surely goodness and mercy
Will follow me all the days of my life
And I will live in the house of the Lord
Forever and ever

I remember I stopped crying on the mound, if not for the sheer uncomfort of having someone read you a Bible verse in public, but also because I felt a calm after hearing it. Ever since, I think of that psalm to calm nerves, silence fears, or feel grateful to God for everything he's given me.

This MP3 puts it to song pretty well.

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