The Best Known Song in the World

By Fin Sheridan

Right, here’s a bit of a quiz for all you music fans. Do you know the songs for all these opening lyrics? The answers will be at the bottom but try not to cheat!

  1. “Today is gonna be the day that they’re gonna throw it back to you.”
  2. “Hey Jude, don’t make it bad.”
  3. “I can’t get no satisfaction”
  4. “How many roads must a man walk down before you call him a man?”
  5. “She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene.”
  6. “I heard that you’re settled down that you found a girl and you’re married now.”
  7. “The heart is a bloom shoots up through the stony ground. There’s no room, no space to rent in this town.”

“This Psalm has been a place where millions of people have encountered God.”

So how about this one: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”. Got it? It’s one of the most recognisable sentences in the world. Psalm 23 is arguably the most well known part of the Bible. It pops up in films, songs and books; from Quentin Tarantino movies to Coolio rap songs. Arranged into a hundred different versions, sung by thousands of choirs, the Psalm has been a place where millions of people have encountered God.

What’s so special about Psalm 23? Why does it hold the impact and weight that it does? Maybe because all of our desires, emotions and experiences are there. The search for peace ends in the green pastures and still waters. Evil is overcome. We find purpose and encouragement for tomorrow.

We realise that our God is not far off or distant or uninterested but he is our shepherd – protecting, guiding, leading and providing. Our deepest needs are met. Humanity has an itch and Psalm 23 scratches that itch in a profound and life-changing way.

Oh and the answers to the quiz?

  1. Wonderwall – Oasis
  2. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  3. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
  4. Blowing in the Wind – Bob Dylan
  5. Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
  6. Someone Like You – Adele
  7.  Beautiful Day – U2

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