“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing” Psalm 23:1(NIV)
The 23rd Psalm is one of the most familiar passages in the bible and sometimes its familiarity can mask the profound nature of what it is saying.
When David wrote these words, he made a direct link between his identity as one of God’s sheep and God’s care for him. God is your shepherd today and He cares for you. God’s provision for us is not based on the bare minimum; notice David’s emphatic statement, “I lack nothing”.
God wants us to thrive not merely survive.
There are many examples of how God provides. In the 19th Century George Mueller famously established an orphanage in England. On one occasion there was no food in the house yet George asked the housekeeper to take the 300 children into the dining room and have them sit at the tables for breakfast. After giving thanks for the food, George waited. Within minutes, a baker knocked on the door. "Mr. Mueller," he said, "last night I could not sleep. Somehow I knew that you would need bread this morning. I got up and baked three batches for you. I will bring it in."
Soon, there was another knock at the door. It was the milkman. His cart had broken down in front of the orphanage. The milk would spoil by the time the wheel was fixed. He asked George if he could use some free milk. George smiled as the milkman brought in ten large cans of milk. It was just enough for the 300 thirsty children.
God your Shepherd sees you today and knows exactly what you need. Jesus reminded us in the Sermon on the Mount, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body… “ (Matt. 6:25).
Thank God that He has everything you need waiting for you. Step out in faith knowing the great Shepherd will ensure that you will lack nothing.
God sees it all, he knows exactly what you need and He is taking care of it.