“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1
This month’s devotions will look at verses from the book of Psalms. The twenty-third psalm is a favorite of many Christians. In the first verse of this psalm David declares that he will not want. In other words, he will not be in need; he will have all he requires. How could David be so sure? Because the Lord was his shepherd! Like a shepherd carefully tends his sheep, guiding them to food and water, protecting them from predators, and making sure they return safely to the sheep pen, so the almighty Lord God took care of His dear David. In love God looked after David, providing for him, caring for him, protecting him. With his loving and mighty Lord watching over him like a shepherd over his flock, David was confident that his life was in good hands.
Your life is also in good hands! The Lord who was David’s shepherd is also your shepherd. You are dear to God’s heart just as David was. In love God formed you and made you; you are God’s unique and special creation! You are also the reason God sent His only-begotten Son to live and die and rise! At your Baptism, God washed away your sins and gave you faith in Jesus, renewing you by the power of the Holy Spirit. How much God must love you!
And because God loves you, He is committed to caring for you. Every day of your life, as a shepherd looks after his sheep, God looks after you. He provides for you, cares for you, and protects you. Not one day and not one moment will pass without God’s tender mercy surrounding you. Just look around and see how God sends people to supply what you need—food and drink, help and aid, and the comfort and encouragement of His Word. At the start of every day, when you close your eyes at night, and every moment in between you can confidently declare with David: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
Dear Lord, because You love me and provide for me I have all that I need. Thank You for watching over me like a shepherd watches over his sheep. Be with me this day also. I need You every hour. In Jesus’ name. Amen.