THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
A Native American Interpretation
(From The Files of Chief Lekhiket)
The Great Father above a Shepherd Chief is.
I am His and with Him I want not.
He throws out to me a rope and the name of the rope is love and He draws me to where the grass is green and the water is not dangerous.
I eat and lie down and am satisfied.
Sometimes my heart is very weak and falls down but He lifts me up again and draws me unto a good road.
His name is Wonderful.
Sometimes, it may be soon, it may be a long, long time, He will draw me into a valley.
It is very dark there, but I’ll be afraid not, for it is in between those mountains that the Shepherd Chief will meet me and the hunger that I have in my heart all through this life will be satisfied.
He gives me a staff to lean upon.
He spreads a table before me with all kinds of foods.
He puts His hand upon my head and all the weariness and emptiness are gone.
My cup He fills till it runs over.
What I tell is true.
I lie not.
With His help I will walk the Red Road of honesty and integrity through this life and afterwards I will go to live in the Big Lodge and sit down with the GREAT FATHER forever.