The LORD is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing. Psalm 23:1
I was reading over Psalm 23 this morning… it’s
familiar. I memorized it when I was small. I know that its good to know
scripture – at the same time, I have found that I have to make sure not
to just know it in my head but to also let it sink to my heart. There’s a
If it’s in my head, I can recall it, remember it, think about it. And
then when I’m done & off to the next thought, the Scripture goes
back into the file in my head & is put away in its virtual filing
cabinet until the next time I come across it. If it’s in my heart, I
live it. It affects me at the deepest level of my being. It becomes like
a handy-dandy smart phone app, perhaps invisible but still actively
running below the surface, having a definite influence. Back to Psalm 23 – The LORD is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing.
David wrote it – he GOT it at a gut level – he had
been a shepherd, & he knew intimately of the similarities between
what he had done, & what God did with him on a daily basis. So
David’s declaration of The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want, is a
faith statement – rooted in thankfulness – contentment. There was
nothing that God had not, did not, would not make sure that David would
get if he was in need. And from his self-assessment, he wasn’t lacking
This hit me hard. The LORD is MY shepherd. He is the One who cares
& provides for, protects, directs, instructs, heals, & feeds –
ME. But when I read the second part after the ; the I shall not want, I
realized there were/are areas in me where the ugly stuff resides –
rather that being able to see where God is shepherding me well, &
that I am not in lack, want, or need – instead, my soul is striving;
discontent; frustrated; needy; ungrateful; blind to God’s faithful &
miraculous care for me.
Ouch. All that, revealed in a moment. I knowPsalm 23.
But is it in my heart today? I repent. Reorient. Return. Ask my
shepherd to pick the thorns & stickers from my soul. Right now I
intentionally choose thankfulness. Contentment. Gratefulness. Awareness
of God’s work in & around me & mine. The LORD is my shepherd; I
shall lack nothing. And I mean it.