277. The Lamb of God Our Shepherd Is

The Lamb of God our Shepherd is,
And He who doth us feed;
While He is ours and we are His,
What can we want or need?
“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:11)
“My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” (Song of Solomon 2:16)
“<<A Psalm of David.>> The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
He leads us to the tender grass,
And there we feed and rest;
Then to the streams that gently pass,
In both we have the best.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.” (Psalm 23:2)
And if we stray, He doth convert
And bring our minds in frame;
And all this not for our desert,
But for His holy name.
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” (Psalm 23:3)
Yea, in death's shady, black abode,
Well may we walk, nor fear
While Thou art with us, and Thy rod
To guide, Thy staff to bear.
“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.” (Psalm 23:4)
If through the darksome vale of death
We pass, we need not fear;
Our Savior, He who gave us breath,
Brings light and triumph there.
Yea, in the face of deadliest foes
He spreads our board in peace;
In Him secure may we repose,
While all our joys increase.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5)
Surely Thy sweet and wondrous love
Shall measure all our days;
Thy Father's house, our home above,
Where dwells eternal praise.
“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.” (Psalm 23:6)