1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
David, the shepherd-king, knew what he was talking about. His reference to the nurturing, providing care of God is inspiring… if you don’t rip through this all too familiar chapter in the Bible.
I will admit the latent fear in my heart that I and my family won’t have enough. I am the provider, right? With mounting medical bills/costs and the growing expense of growing children… I think about it. Will we make it? Will we survive? What I really mean is will we thrive? When retirement comes will I be able to take that 16-day Mediterranean cruise? And if I can, will I be able to take Alisa with me? It would be awfully sad to leave her behind. ☺
I read the Psalm today and realize how sill my concerns are. The Lord is my Shepherd and the Shepherd of every little one in this home. I/We will not be in want! Sure, there will be plenty on the ‘wish list’ that goes unmet – of course! Our ‘wants’ are not the same as David’s ‘not be in want.’ He’s talking about going without basic provision. God will take care of us. He’s our Shepherd!
Paul wrote, And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
Father, thank You for shepherding me and my household. Help me to relax in this truth and stop pursuing in my heart the provision/stuff of earth. You will provide. Lead me to green pastures and MAKE ME lie down – I am so apt not to! Lead me beside quiet waters. I honor You today as the only One who can restore my soul. No earthly thing or person can do that! Guide me today in Your paths of righteousness, for the glory of Your Name.