Anchored in Quiet Waters: a psalm for those who live on or near the water, and even those who don’t.

Posted: January 18, 2020 in Uncategorized


The 23rd Psalm for those who live on or near the water, and even those who don’t.

While setting up my new office in the U.S. coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, I came across this unique version of the 23rd Psalm by Reverend Ramon F. Reno, Chaplain of the Liberty Ship S.S. John W. Brown. I’m living close to the Atlantic Ocean and the Savannah River again, and the church I serve, Montgomery Presbyterian, is surrounded by small islands and rivers, and is located in a historic fishing community. This version of King David’s famous Psalm seems more appropriate than ever. If you live on or near water, and even if you don’t, I pray that it is as meaningful for you as it is for me.

The Lord is my Captain, I shall not want.
He makes me sail to pleasant bays,
He anchors me in quiet waters.
He restores my soul.
He guides me in the right sea lanes, for his name’s sake.
Even though I sail through the seas of death
I fear no evil,
For You are with me.
Your chart and Your compass
They comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
In the waters of adversity.
You anoint my head with blessings,
My cup overflows.
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life,
And I shall anchor in the harbor of the Lord forever.

– written by the Reverend Ramon F. Reno

  1. Judy Ishmael says:

    From Huron, Ohio on Lake Erie, love and appreciate this version of the 23rd Psalm!!!

    Sending lots of good wishes to you as you begin the latest chapter in your life at the Montgomery Presbyterian Church!!

    Judy Hartley Huron,Ohio >

    • Thanks so much, Judy. Huron is a lovely place along the Lake Erie shores! When I was in Cleveland I often felt that we could/should be singing more hymns that connect our the deep waters of our faith with the beautiful waters of Lake Erie at our at our city’s doorstep. Two of my favorites were “I Feel the Winds of God Today” and, one from my childhood, “Will Your Anchor Hold”. Thanks again for the kind words!

      Blessings of Grace and Peace,

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