Composers through the centuries have written many variations-- both musically and lyrically-- using the words of this Jewish psalm.
One of my favorite versions is a fairly modern song, by Keith and Melody Green, "The Lord is My Shepherd." Written in a minor key, its melody fits in well with traditional Jewish music. Melody Green composed the music, and she and her husband Keith Green slightly adapted the words from Psalm 23. The result was a beautiful, smoothly flowing song.
Keith was a Christian contemporary artist in the '70's and early '80's. He was well-known for his talent as a performer as well as for his own songwriting.
I have memories of hearing him sing at a Christian music festival in the '70's, when I was a teenager; I remember him as being a big man with big hair (!) He had curly hair, in an "Afro" style, though he was not African-American. And I will always remember his songs-- they were creative, interesting, often energetic, and had such compelling lyrics.
Keith sang and recorded the song Melody had composed and he had helped to write; it was on his Songs for the Shepherd album (1982). Here is a YouTube video in which a slide show of nature photos makes a pleasing visual accompaniment.
Some of my favorite songs by Keith are "Dear John Letter to the Devil" (No Compromise album), "So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt" (co-written with Melody -- So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt album), and "Run to the End of the Highway" (Jesus Commands Us to Go album).
What are your favorites?