“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1 (NIV)
I started this morning in Psalm 18 and just kept reading. When I got to the twenty third Psalm, I stopped at the first verse. “The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” That was it. We have all we need because of who the Lord is to us. He is our Shepherd and we can entrust ourselves into His care. Who better to take care of us than our Creator? The rest of the chapter is familiar and beautiful, but I just could not get past the first verse. During this time of unknown, what more assurance can we ask for than this?
With these thoughts still on my mind, I came across a wonderful quote that summed up my heart. Jonathan David Helser said, “The wilderness has a way of revealing what you really believe about God.” If I were to stick with my analogy from yesterday, I would say that the crashing waves have a way of getting to your true belief. During days of ease, your beliefs are true, but not always tested in my opinion. Perhaps we have been given these days to find out if He is our trusted Shepherd. Because when you know and it is your deepest belief, it changes absolutely everything.
When we are able to get past the first verse, we read words of peace, refreshing, guidance, honor, courage, comfort, blessing, goodness, love and about a place to belong forever. We truly are offered everything we will ever need by our Shepherd. All that tries to capture our affections cannot make these promises. A cheap imitation maybe, but not eternal. May we spend our days close to our Shepherd and find He truly is all we will ever need.
Oh, the man the quote is from wrote an incredible song called, “Raise a Hallelujah”. It’s been out for quite sometime and it is powerful!!