The 23rd Psalm as Lament

From a class exercise last year. Reposted from Facebook.

The Lord is not my shepherd; I am always in want.

He makes me to fall down in arid deserts, and he misleads me to bitter and unpalatable waters.

He drains my soul, and he leads me in the paths of evil of for its own sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I am constantly terrified, for God has abandoned me and is of no comfort to me whatsoever.

He prepares a table for my enemies in my presence. He anoints my head with acid, and my cup has been stolen from me.

Surely despair and cruelty shall follow me all the days of my miserable life, and I will wander aimlessly outside the house of the Lord forever.