I Shall Not Want

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.

 

The Lord Is My Shepherd

The Lord Is My Shepherd

“The Lord is my Shepherd…” Psalm 23:1

In the most famous Psalm, the shepherd-turned-king, David, makes a bold statement: God’s my Shepherd. This particular Psalm of praise seems to lay the tender framework of a face-to-face relationship with God. The next few weeks, we’ll spend some time together digging into the Psalm 23, looking into what I believe is a roadmap to intimacy with Jesus.

If we start at the beginning, standing right next to King David, we can hear his sacred declaration. This is step one, and the most important step, to following God: knowing who He really is (see also John 17:3). According to David, God was his shepherd. But what exactly does that mean? What does it take for a man who grew up shepherding sheep to step into the identity of the care-receiver and give all authority to Another?

To understand this statement better, let’s talk about the kind of shepherd David was.

“David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him.” 1 Samuel 17:34-35

Take a moment to think about that. David was such a good shepherd that if any animal, no matter how dangerous, attacked his sheep, he would literally chase after it, kill it, and rescue his beloved sheep. Now that is a high standard of shepherding.

If David would risk his life to save even a single sheep, then we can assume he believed God would do the same. When he calls God his Shepherd, he’s paying God the highest compliment. He’s saying “I know the lengths my God will go to protect me. I am safe in His care.”

Psalm 23 begins with an identity revelation about God. I think we all need one of those. We all need to take a breath and check in on our belief system. Odds are, God’s better than we believe.

He is a care-taker. It is His joy to bestow His kindness on His sheep (that’s you and me). He has and will continue to risk all of Himself to rescue us. He is trustworthy.

The Lord is my Shepherd. He’s good. He’s better than we think!