October 25, 2020
Probably anyone old enough to read this post will recognize the source of the title. Yes, it’s from the 23rd Psalm; my favorite Psalm. It is attributed to King David.
I have many different Bibles, several are from various sources and translations. I have read all of them through at least once, plus I refer to them in my research to find the clearest and most understandable wording for my readers, and even the sermons I would preach during my whole career as a pastor.
But my favorite version, and the one I read and quote from the most, is the King James Version. And I have several more modern translations that come from the KJV. Of all the Bibles I’ve read, the KJV has the most beautiful reading of the 23rd Psalm. I wonder why later Bible versions tamper with changing the wording of the Psalm, to begin with.
Anyway, I want to write about just one aspect of the 23rd Psalm in this post. There are many ways to look at this Psalm and discuss it, and even preach from it, as I have done many times as a pastor and writer.
Let’s just look at the first line of the 23rd Psalm, the title of this post. The Lord is my shepherd: “I shall not want.” The entire six verses of this Psalm could be summed up in this opening verse if one would analyze the verse in its entirety.
Let’s begin. I want to focus on the last part of verse one, “I shall not want (or lack)”.
Has God ever let you lack for anything you needed? I did NOT say for anything you wanted. That’s a huge difference in meaning.
In this Psalm, David needed many things. He needed courage, he needed reassurance that God was going to be with him, and even take care of him in eternity, he needed to know that God was even going to provide for his temporal needs like food and other necessities, he needed to know that God would be with him even when he faced the worst of his enemies. I’m sure YOU can think of other things that you can glean from that opening verse.
The 23rd Psalm could have been written up in this one short verse. Many Psalms are very short. And most of the Proverbs are short, maybe just a few sentences.
I ask you to get your favorite Bible, read the 23rd Psalm line by line, and see where God provided all the needs of David.
Then I want you to extrapolate from this Psalm and see how God has provided your every need too. Look at the 23rd Psalm and learn that it’s not just a beautiful piece of poetry, but also an affirmation that you should be able to rely on each day of your life. Many people have memorized this Psalm. I have a great calligraphy of this Psalm hanging in my office. To quote another biblical scripture, “Hide this Psalm in your heart”.
We are living in perilous (dangerous) times. Many fears lie ahead in our lives. But – fear NOT, as Jesus cited many times. Look to the entirety of biblical teachings and sacred tradition. You will find rest from God as from no other source. That was proven to David. and it will be proven to you many times throughout your life.
God Bless You,