The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
The responsibilities of a shepherd haven’t changed that much over time; they are still much the same as they were in bible days. Of primary importance was the need to provide nourishment from good pasture, while watching out for poisonous plants, and a water supply, where the herd could drink in safety. To keep them in optimum health, the sheep would need to be checked regularly for parasites and diseases, and of course the herdsman would be on hand to help during lambing time. The flock would also need protection from thieves, wild animals and severe weather patterns. A good shepherd lived life on the move; his focus the needs of his flock, his pleasure their health and wellbeing.
This was David’s life as a young man, and he learned the great lesson during those watchful days and nights that the Lord, the Eternal One, shepherded him in exactly the same way. Just as a good shepherd supplied everything for the flock to prosper, so the Lord provided for all his needs.
For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. [Matthew 6:31-33]
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
[2 Corinthians 9:7,8]
Like Abraham, (see last post) we can ‘face the facts’ but still declare our faith in our Good Shepherd who keeps His promises.
The psalm goes on…
Whatever our circumstances, like David, and Abraham (and countless others in the Bible) let’s align ourselves with God, and speak His truth over ourselves:
He satisfies my desires with good things [Psalm 13:5]
The Lord is my provider [Genesis 22:14]
My God supplies all my needs [Philippians 4:19]
I will have all I need for every good work [2 Corinthians 9:7,8]
I will not worry, for my Father know what I need [Matthew 6:31-33]
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