“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1).
There is a scene from “The Book of Eli” where a portion of the Twenty-third Pslam is quoted to a lady who has never heard anything from the Bible. She sits almost spellbound and listens with rapt attention. “That’s beautiful,” she says after the Eli finishes, “Did you write that?”
There is a power in God’s Word that moves us at the depths of our being. Our hearts are warmed and our spirits soar at the sound of His voice speaking to us through Scripture.
Psalm 23 serves as a most excellent example.
Take a few moments today and read it out loud, letting the truth of its claims settle deep in your heart: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Isaiah prophesied, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:11). Peter preached, “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (1 Pet 2:25).
David, himself a shepherd, penned the Twenty-third Psalm as a comprehensive tribute to the Lord. He encompasses in this short poem at least fifteen provisions that are made for us when we follow the Lord as our Shepherd.
I shall not be in want for…..
1. Rest – for He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
2. Peace – for He leadeth me beside the still waters
3. Restoration – for He restoreth my soul
4. Guidance – for He leadeth me in paths of righteousness
5. Honor – for His name’s sake
6. Hope – for I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
7. Courage – for I will fear no evil
8. Companionship – for Thou art with me
9. Comfort – for Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me
10. Sustenance – for Thou preparest a table before me
11. Vindication – in the presence of my enemies
12. Blessing – Thou anointest my head with oil
13. Fulness – for My cup runneth over
14. Abundant Life- for goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life
15. Eternal Security – for I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever
As you can see, there is nothing left out. No wonder David said, “I shall not want!” The Lord gives us everything we need when we follow Him as our Shepherd.
“And now may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he who became the great Shepherd of the sheep by an everlasting agreement between God and you, signed with his blood, produce in you through the power of Christ all that is pleasing to him. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20,21).