“The Lord is my shepherd…” (Psalm 23:1)
famous actor was an after dinner speaker at a big fund raising function; and
apparently he was well known for his voice because when he stood up to speak,
he invited his audience to choose a poem for him to recite. There was a long
silence until an older preacher raised his hand and asked for Psalm 23.
actor was slightly taken aback, but agreed to read the Psalm provided the
preacher recite it after him; which the old man reluctantly agreed to do. So
the actor recited Psalm 23 and received a standing ovation.
the preacher recited the Psalm, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Upon
seeing this reaction from the crowd, the actor went over to the older preacher
and said to the guests “Do you know the difference between his version and
mine? I know the 23rd Psalm; but this man knows the Shepherd.”
difference between the two men in that story is that one knew about the Lord and the other knew the Lord. The reason why the old preacher’s recitation of the
psalm moved people more than the actor’s is that it was obvious to them that
the old preacher was not simply going through the motions but was actually
familiar with the Shepherd of whom he spoke.