1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Verse 1 - The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- Psalm 23:1b (NCV) I have everything I need.
- Psalm 23:1b (Paraphrase) In what I am going through, I shall not lack the expert management and tender care of my master.
- In other words; I am utterly contented in the Good Shepard's care and I am not craving or desiring anything more.
We say "I shall not want" or "I want nothing' because God is fulfilling every void in our life with himself
What is David communicating to us?
1. In this shepherd-sheep relationship with God, I am Satisfied.
2. When He is leading and guiding us, we are not lacking.
3. He will fulfil us in ways that we simply can't on our own.
4. A sheep cannot lead itself. We cannot be truly fulfilled without God. But with Him, we shall not want.
5. Psalm 23 is telling us it doesn't matter what you've done or accomplished - God is enough.
I can boldly say, I am under the expert management, and compassionate, tender care of the Good Shepherd!
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