We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I especially like the progression within the 23 Psalm; from outdoors to inside, from dumb sheep to honored guest, from grass to banquet table. A promise of Provision, Protection and Maturity.
A story I once read, and have never seen again, about the overflowing cup; at the end of the banquet, the Host would pour a last round of wine. Those not expected to stay over night were poured a half cup of wine. Those expected to stay after the banquet were poured a full cup of wine. Those honored guests invited to spend the night, their cups were filled to overflowing.
Don't know about Blick's story - but when Jews around the world say blessings to end the Sabbath day at twilight, we fill the cup of benediction to overflowing to fulfill this Psalm.
Notes on an otherwise good translation:
23:4 - oh come on. The classic translation is also literally accurate: it's the "valley of the shadow of death" in Hebrew. This adds philosophical as well as dramatic depth, why soften it with a mistranslation?
23:5 the word used for "anoint" means "saturate", paralleling the imagery of the overflowing cup.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me.... and I will dwell in the house of the Lord "for long days" or "for length of days".