Psalm 23 – H.W. Smith

One of my favourite devotional books is Daily Strength for Daily Needs, compiled by Mary Wilder Tileston (1843-1934). [1]  Each day’s offerings consist of a Scripture verse and one or two literary selections from well-known, anonymous, or unrenown contributors (one such precious example is “a poor Methodist Woman, 18th century.”) 

 Today’s excerpt on Psalm 23 is from the April 8th entry, quoting Mrs. Hannah Whithall Smith:


The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”  Psalm 23:1

“Who is it that is your shepherd?  The Lord!

Oh, my friends, what a wonderful announcement!   The Lord God of heaven and earth, the almighty Creator of all things, He who holds the universe in His hand as thou it were a very little thing, 

HE is your Shepherd, and has charged Himself with the care and keeping of you, as a shepherd is charged with the care and keeping of his sheep. 

If you hearts could really take in this thought, you would never have a fear or care again; for with such a shepherd, how could it be possible for you ever to want [lack] any good thing?”


[1] Mary W. Tileston, Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Little, Brown and Company, Boston. 1961. pg. 99.


6 thoughts on “Psalm 23 – H.W. Smith

  1. Psalms 23 is the source of my strength and endurance. Thanks for posting Linda.

    Good morning and have a blessed weekend ahead!

  2. I looked at this web site because in using ‘Strength for daily needs’ I had come across a number of quotes from H W Smith and I wondered who this person was. Now I know it is Hannah Whithall Smith. Another comment of her’s on the 23rd Psalm was also helpful for 13th. July.

    ‘Abandon yourself to His care and guidance, as a sheep in the care of a shepherd, and trust Him utterly. No matter though you may seem to yourself to be in the very midst of a desert, with nothing green about you, inwardly or outwardly, and will think you will have to make a long journey before you can get into the green pastures. Our shepherd will turn that very place where you are into green pastures, for He has power to make the desert rejoice and blossom as a rose.’

    Thank you very much for the comments.

  3. Ken,

    Thanks so much for the additional encouragment from Hannah Whithall Smith. Sometimes we wonder about our outwardly surroundings, or say when something comes into our life, “This sure looks more like a stone than a loaf of bread!” But he Lord orders our way, and “all things!” work together for good. He is truly the Great Shepherd.

    Blessings, Linda

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