“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”* This verse is taken from Psalm 23, a Psalm I read every day. It is encouraging, comforting and uplifting. It is a promise from the Lord that we should look at by considering who the main subject is here. Is the main subject “The Lord” or “I”? I used to focus on the “I” part of the verse and on what I was getting out of that promise. The promise is for us but The Lord is the One we should zero in on. The Lord is our provider. He is our keeper and our protector. A shepherd takes care of his flock and he watches over every single one of his sheep with a lot of attention. He makes sure that everyone is safe. The Lord does exactly that with you, friend. He is your Shepherd and He watches over you and makes sure you are safe wherever you go. Today I want to encourage you to think of the Shepherd and what He does in your life. Think about His role as Shepherd and what that implies in your life. He is always around you. He is always ready to protect you and to help you. You are safe. You are protected and you are shielded by the Lord almighty. Don’t fear. God is with you and He will give you what you need. You will not want!
Have you ever been in situations where you didn’t have enough of everything? You need money. You need more time. You need more peace. You need more joy. You need more love. When we remember that Jesus is our provider, we often think about money and material things being given to us. He can certainly provide for us in the material realm but He can give us more than money, objects and materials. The Shepherd looks at all our needs and He gives us what is best for us at the moment. When we rely on Him, we lack nothing. There are times when we want money and we have to wait a long time but in the meantime He gives us peace and joy. He also gives us another way to look at our situation or another way to look at the world around us. The Good Shepherd does a wonderful job in us when we yield to His direction and to His command. When we let Him take over our plate of anxiety that is too full, He replaces it with a meal of serenity and peace. The Lord is the best provider there is because He will always fill our cup to the brim with the best things we need at the time. The Shepherd always knows best!
The Lord promised that you would lack nothing. That is a promise you can rely on and you can hold close to your heart. Take that promise seriously and be sure that your faith in it grows. Put the promise to the test by proclaiming that it is real and it is for you even when you have little. Don’t look at what you don’t have. Stare at the Shepherd and thank Him for what you have in Him. He has all you will ever need. Declare that you trust Him and that all your needs are meant in Him. Peace is available to you. Joy is there for you. Love is present. The Shepherd is full of everything that is pure, noble and good and He is always willing to give it to you. What seems like a lack today is an opportunity to demonstrate your faith in the One who will provide for you all the time. Don’t worry about anything but in all things let your needs be known to the Lord. The Shepherd is following you and He is also before you. You are surrounded by the Lord. Enjoy His love and His presence. Enjoy the Provider who will make sure you lack nothing! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 23:1*; Luke 21:33; James 5:15