I am continuing my journey of Finding Peace in Psalm 23 with Kerri over at A Simple Princess. Today, we are discussing the final portion of verse 1,
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing. (Common English Bible)
I lack nothing.
lack – the state of being without or not having enough of something (n)
or – be without or deficient in (verb)
God promises that I will always have everything that I need. My Shepherd is a constant presence in my life. There is never a time when He will forsake me or forget about me. It doesn’t matter what I do, whether I fall short, or fail miserably. He is in for the long haul. He is committed to me and has my best interest at heart. And scripture reminds me that God delights to give good gifts to His children.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. (Psalm 84:11)
Utterly helpless and left to wander, sheep rely on their Shepherd as their sole caregiver. They are fed, protected, lost when found, and gently guided back to pasture when they stray. As My Good Shepherd, the LORD meets all of my basic needs in life. I have food, shelter, clothing, and the care and protection of the One who keeps me.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
Aside from my basic needs, the LORD has also blessed me with material possessions — financial provision, a lovely rental home, cars, etc. But my sole satisfaction and the richness and fullness I receive from life comes only from the person of Jesus Christ. He gives of Himself freely. He pours Himself out so that I can come and drink and never be thirsty again.
I have peace, because He is the Prince of Peace.
I am healed, because He is Jehovah Rophe, the God who heals me.
I am free, because He came to set the captives free.
I have hope, because He gives hope to the hopeless.
The LORD, He is my Shepherd. I will not lack. If He feeds and takes care of the birds of the air, how much more shall He provide for my needs?
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (Matthew 6:26 NLT)
I would love to hear your thoughts on this portion of scripture. Will you share in the comments below? And please stop by and visit my friend Kerri and read her thoughts as well.