Psalm 23:1 AMP “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me], I shall not lack.”
Psalm 23:1 KJV “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
Psalm 23 is a favorite psalm of many, as it is one of mine. This psalm shows us so much about our Lord. Verse one in the Amplified version, gives us a little insight into the ways He shepherds us. He is our Provider, He is our Guide, and He is our Protector.
The Lord is my Provider, I shall not lack anything I need.
Philippians 4:19 says,”And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
He will supply all our needs. God knows our need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). I know from personal experience, there are many times, that I have a hard time separating my wants from my needs. But the Lord knows exactly what my needs are. He knows of my physical needs, my emotional needs, and my spiritual needs. He meets me in my neediness with His ultimate supply that fits within His perfect will for my life. He uses each need to teach me more about Himself. Time and time again I learn that He is my All in All. We cannot have a need too great for God. Even so at times I am tempted to find my need met elsewhere in disobedience, impatience, or lack of trust. It is good to be reminded in this Psalm that my Shepherd is my Provider and I do not need to look in other places.
The Lord is my guide, I shall not lack direction for life.
Psalm 32:8 AMP “I [the Lord] will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
Each day brings multiple choices and questions of what to do, how to handle this or that, where do you turn? Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us not to rely on our own insight or wisdom, but rather acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths, making clear the way we should go. The sheep must follow the shepherd, or they are apt to get lost, get tangled, or even fall over the edge of a mountain. We are so much the same. I lose my way in wrong choices, or get tangled up with desires that pull me into temptations and sin. Sometimes I fall head over heels into sin, over the mountain, because I am not focusing on my Shepherd’s path. Yet, I have learned that when I seek Him for guidance and understanding He grants me wisdom for good decisionmaking beyond what I even asked.
The Lord is my Protector, I shall not lack refuge or security.
Psalm 46:1 AMP “God is our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.”
There are many dangers in this life. Physical dangers like car accidents, robberies, illnesses, etc. There are also spiritual dangers like temptation, and doubt. We can depend on the Lord in every kind of trouble. This is not to say that nothing bad will ever happen to you, but I have learned that when the difficult trials, accidents, or illnesses come, the Lord is there with me to hold me and encourage me. He is also with me in the midst of temptation. His Word tells us that He even offers us a way out (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). The problem is, we are often not looking for a way out, the temptation is just too inviting. And even when we doubt His care or ability, we can cry out to Him to help our unbelief as the boys father did in Mark 9:24. He is our Refuge and Strength, He is the One who protects us. He is always present to protect us from evil and from the Evil one. He works for our good because of His great love for us.
Our Shepherd is there to help His lambs with each need and through each situation. He only wants us to know Him more, to know He is always there to meet each of our needs. He will provide, guide and protect.
The Lord is my Shepherd, and because He is mine, I know that in His love for me, I have all I need. Thank you, Lord.
Help me Lord to keep my eyes on You as I walk each path in my life. Help me to know Your voice and listen for it as You speak to me. Help me to trust You and follow in obedience close by You, not straying from Your will. This is my desire Lord, help me in it my Shepherd.
Take time to tell the Lord what is on Your heart.