I Shall Not Want

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” Psalm 23:1

Continuing on our road map to face-to-face intimacy with Jesus, we see the second phase of David’s bold statement. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. In other words, I lack nothing. 

What a statement! This is sheer confidence in God’s provision, and it is a confidence that goes hand-in-hand with the declaration that precedes it. For David to believe he had all that he needed, he had to know his Provider. After a revelation about the true character of God, we always come out more confident.

When I think of the people on this earth who joyously lack nothing, I don’t think of the wealthy or the proud. I think of children. Not only are they lacking in nothing, but they also are blissfully reliant on the one who cares for them.

Let’s cross-reference this with the gospel. In Matthew, Jesus teaches about the kind provision of His Father. He is confident in God’s ability, willingness, and desire to provide and care for His Children.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing . . . Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:25,33-34

On the road to a deep relationship with Jesus, we have to surrender a few things. One of the biggest ones is our distrust of God’s intentions. David’s song of praise reveals his fully surrendered trust in Yahweh. David leaned on God for everything, and he was never once abandoned or forgotten by God. Truth is, God is more invested than we are. He’s more willing to heal us than we are to be healed, He’s more excited for transformation than we are, He’s far more bent on loving us than we are on loving Him. That’s the beauty of it all. In God, we lack nothing, because He is a good Shepherd and a good Dad.

The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing.


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