The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want (Psalm 23:1) is a familiar verse to a lot of people. David in this Psalm knew what it was like to be a shepherd. He understood how a shepherd provides, protects and leads his sheep. He had life experiences as a shepherd. In the Bible we are like “sheep” and Jesus is our Shepherd. Just like David’s sheep listened to his voice, we are to listen to the voice of the Shepherd as He leads our life.
One job of the shepherd is to provide for his sheep. We are told in His word, “And My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Usually, when we think about the Lord’s provision we think about food, clothing and shelter. But His provision is much more than that.
David trusted the Lord to provide for him. When King Saul was trying to kill David and he was running for his life, he needed the protection of the Lord. Once David became King he needed wisdom to lead a nation. Even when he sinned with Bathsheba, he needed God’s forgiveness. God provided for the wants that David needed.
Not only does God provide food, shelter and clothing but He provides strength and peace when we need them most.
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11
He also provides hope. In our world today it seems like evil prevails but God is still on the throne and He is in control. Sometimes things that happen in our life seem hopeless but He is a God of hope. Run to Him.
For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5
And He provides comfort when it feels like our life is falling apart. Comfort in the following verses means “exhortation,” “encouragement,” and “cheer.” We all at sometime in our life need comfort in the midst of the storms of life. He wants us to be comforted but in turn comfort others.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in tribulation (distress or affliction,) that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The Lord knows our wants and our needs even before we ask Him. His promises are true and tells us He will be with us in what ever circumstance we find our selves in. Next week I will be going to the doctor to find out if I have cancer. I must hang on to Him and to His promises because I do not know what is ahead of me. I do have my crying spells as I try to understand the “whys” of everything but I know He is with me and He will give me strength, peace, hope and comfort as I begin this unknown journey. Please pray for me and my family.