DayBreaks for 9/17/14 – Wanting for Nothing
Ps. 23:1 – The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
This is perhaps the best known verse in all Scripture. Even little children now it by heart. If they have gone to church, or been read Bible stories at all, they’ve seen pictures of Jesus carrying a lamb, or Jesus surrounded by children and lambs. They may not know what a shepherd is, but they love the imagery and get the sense that it is something good, something safe…and that Jesus is a welcoming character, not a forbidding one.
David certainly understood what a shepherd was and what the job entailed. He must have been picturing himself as a sheep when he wrote this passage.
What did he mean by “I shall not want”? After all, if you read the Psalms, there were many things that David wanted: he wanted peace, he wanted his pursuers to be destroyed, he wanted a clean heart…read them for yourselves.
I don’t think that he was so much stating something about himself, though, when he wrote this. I think it is more a statement of his faith and trust in the shepherd. He wasn’t claiming that he didn’t want things, but that he knew the Shepherd would give him what he needed – and that was good enough for him. It is a statement that he is trusting the Lord, his Shepherd, for the future.
I confess that I often struggle to trust the future to Him. I try to figure out what I will do to make so-and-so happen, or what I’ll do “if” happens. David seems to be content, at least as he wrote this verse, to let all that go and let his Shepherd worry about it.
PRAYER: Father, let us not worry about what You will give us, but trust in Your goodness to give us all we need! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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