Scripture Reading

Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Insight on the Word

The Psalmist David recognizes God as our Shepherd, as does Jacob (Genesis 49:24), Asaph (Psalm 80:1), and Isaiah (Isaiah 40:9-11). As New Testament believers, John teaches us it is also appropriate for us to think of Jesus as our Shepherd (John 10:1-18).

The doctrine of the Shepherd supplying lawful wants and needs is taught in both testaments. In the 23rd Psalm we see 14 blessings the Shepherd provides for his sheep.

  • The Lord Himself as our Shepherd.
  • We will have no want.
  • Rest in choice green pastures.
  • Guidance to still, deep, waters of rest and refreshing.
  • Restoration of our soul.
  • Guidance in paths of righteousness for His name's sake, which gives no cause for stumbling, falling or going astray.
  • Safe passage through the valley of the shadow of death.
  • No fear of evil because of the Shepherd's constant companionship, watch, and protection.
  • The comfort of the Shepherd's rod and staff (the only two things carried by shepherds for defense and help—the rod for the sheep's enemies and the staff for the sheep's protection).
  • Prepared and full tables of food to feast on in the presence of our enemies. We feast in safety while the Shepherd watches, fights, and protects.
  • Our Heads anointed with perfumed oil.
  • Our cups running over. Not only plenty of food, but plenty of wholesome drink.
  • Confidence that such goodness and mercy will follow us to the end of life.
  • Faith that in the next life we will dwell in God's house forever.

With all the promises of the 23rd Psalm, there is no reason to ever worry. Today follow the good Shepherd Jesus; and be unconcerned with life’s wants and needs, knowing that Jesus Himself will make sure that we are cared for, and will “not want!”

Speak the Word — The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want! (Psalms 23:1)

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