The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul… (Psalm 23:1-3a ESV).
As I read through Psalm 23 in the Bible I’m encouraged by God’s comforting words, the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… I know the word want here means need for anything, but even if I take the meaning to be desire, I find comfort. In Christ I have all I will ever need or even desire.
I often find myself desiring admiration, appreciation, or simply positive attention. I know my focus should not be on myself, nevertheless, these desires seem ingrained in me. But I am convinced in my heart, these in themselves are not wrong. My error is thinking these apparent needs can be satisfied by people or the world.
I am a sheep, easily led in directions which prove unhealthy, unproductive, or downright dangerous. When I place my trust in Christ for guidance, I find a satisfaction in situations I’ve never found elsewhere. I am content. He restores my soul.
The Lord loves us, he delights in those who put their trust in him. He is a good Shepherd. Won’t you join me this morning in following his lead?