Video of 111-Year-Old Woman Reciting 23rd Psalm by Heart Goes Viral

ford-compressedCHARLOTTE, N.C. — An online video of a 111-year-old reciting the 23rd Psalm by heart has gone viral.

Hester Ford of Charlotte, North Carolina was interviewed last month by local television station WBTV about the celebration of her 111th birthday and being the third oldest person in the state.

“I married when I was 14 and I had 12 children,” she explained. “I worked on the farm. I did some of everything on the farm that a person could do.”

Ford has 53 grandchildren, 120 great-grandchildren and 126 great-great grandchildren. Her family considers themselves blessed to still have her.

“A lot of people have gone to rest in their younger years, so it’s a blessing that she’s been with us all these years,” her daughter Thomas told the outlet.

While Ford suffers from dementia, when it comes to her faith in God and her recitation of Scripture, her memory is impeccable. She recited the 23rd Psalm for reporter Kristen Hampton, who was covering her birthday celebration.

“Time has taken its toll on Mrs. Ford, but one thing remains intact and untouched by 111 years of life; her faith,” Hampton wrote. “While we visited, Ford was able to recite Psalm 23 word for word and ended with a smile. Her family says her strong faith has followed her throughout her life, and they give credit to God for seeing her through so many years.”

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“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul,” Ford recited. “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me,” she continued. “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over.”

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Hampton shared the footage of Ford reciting the 23rd Psalm on her Facebook page, and it quickly went viral. As of press time, the video has over nine million views 312,000 likes.

“She knows where her help comes from. This is precious,” one commenter wrote.

“This women has gained wisdom that brings salvation by faith. Her mind has retained what is most important in life: to trust and fear GOD,” another said.


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  • Amos Moses

    Proverbs
    22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

  • Jason P

    It took her 111 years to memorize 1 verse?

    • maranathagen67

      One verse? How about one chapter! And she probably memorized it when she was young along with a lot more of Scripture! Maybe you should try it… it would do you a world of good and perhaps get your attention as to your own personal spiritual needs. Remember: “Today is the day of salvation”…. procrastinators put it off too late. Eternity is forever…. likewise Heaven and Hell. And your choice? Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

    • Fee

      It’s obvious you don’t realize the 23rd Psalm of David is not a mere verse. She recited the entire 23rd Psalm of David. Please familiarize yourself with it and try your hardest to not find fault where there is none. I suggest you humble yourself and give honor where honor is due. I don’t know how old you are, but for 111 years of age and supposedly having Dementia, it’s quite remarkable that she recited it by memory. “Happy birthday, precious woman of God. What a bright light for Jesus you are! May God bless you richly and continue to use you for His glory.”

      • Jason P

        I cant confine my vast intellect to one book. My morality and ethics transcend any Christian I have ever met. God, the most intelligent of beings, bids me to continue using “reason” as my dominant mental faculty.

  • Crusader777

    What a wonderful example this family matriarch has set for her hundreds of descendants. One righteous person that prays can insure blessings upon her family for many generations.

    I am sure she will have a mansion close the the throne in Heaven. The least are often the greatest in the Kingdom of God. May he bless her and keep her in her golden years and may He welcome her home with those most precious of words “Well done my good and faithful servant”.

  • Chet

    God bless her precious heart…

  • Fee

    God bless her beautiful soul! Precious, strong woman of God. So much for dementia! Praise You, Jesus!