The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want
Psalm 23: The Lord’s Prayer
verse 1: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”
So much can be said and has been said about this particular psalm. This was in my reading today, and I want to share some of my thoughts:
The very first verse is David’s declaration of his faith in God. It’s a simple statement, but not a simplistic one. In just a few words, David manages to say something quite profound. Think about everything that a shepherd is to his sheep. A shepherd leads the sheep, watches over them, makes sure they are fed, have water, he makes sure they are safe. He defends them if they are attacked. He is always thinking of the needs of his sheep, and he does what is best for the sheep, not always what they want. Just in saying that God is his shepherd, David is proclaiming that God is in control of his life and that he trusts Him to provide for him, defend him, feed him, provide for his needs, lead him, and do whatever is best for him.
In the second half of the verse, David is telling us that God is his all in all. He has no other needs nor wants, because the Lord has provided everything for David and he is perfectly content. No wonder God said that David was a man after His own heart. How many people can you think of that spend their entire life searching for something they cannot find. When we give everything of ourselves and our lives to God , we discover that everything we thought we were giving up becomes that which we don’t even want anymore.
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”
I pray that we all can arrive at the same conclusion that David did, and that we would all strive to live our lives with this in mind:
God is everything I need and want. Apart from Him, there is nothing.