“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” –Psalm 23:1
Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most quoted Scriptures in America, even outside the confines of Christianity. But Psalm 23 was written by a Jewish man to a Jewish audience, and when we approach this psalm with an American understanding of sheep and farmland, and a “western” (non-Jewish) perspective, we will completely miss the incredibly tender and rich picture being painted by David of his Good Shepherd.
David says in verse 1, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” We often conclude that David says he has no wants because the following verse speaks of green pastures and still waters But no, he doesn’t say, “I shall not want,” after verse two but at the end of verse one – specifically, the phrase, “The LORD is my shepherd.”
Christian, if the Lord is your Shepherd, you don’t need to worry about the future. This doesn’t mean life won’t have difficulties. It means: God is YOUR Shepherd, and because of that, you can unconditionally trust that His role in your life is simply enough to give you the confidence to leave your wants and cares in His hands.
Submitted by Emily Ertley
Daily Reading: Proverbs 11-13
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