“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalms 23: 1. David makes a great affirmation in the consolation of the Lord is my shepherd. Here is our secret hiding place in the mist of all the trials and tribulation that we might endure. We can find blessed consolation in knowing that the Lord is my shepherd. If we will hold on to this affirmation of faith we will experience his protection and care in whatever comes in life.
The great shepherd our Lord brings to us a keeping power in his presence. David praises God because he has been a shepherd in his life. No doubt David is thinking of his own testimony of being delivered from a bear, and a lion, the Lord is truly a shepherd who cares for his own. God proved to David that he was a great shepherd by defeating the philistine leader Goliath. These are the testimonies that David would reflect back upon as he affirm the Lord is my Shepherd. Have you known the Lord to be your shepherd? If we will reflect upon the many testimonies that our God has brought to us, in deliverance, healing for our bodies, as a very present help in time of need. We can also affirm like David the Lord is my Shepherd.
David goes on to say “I shall not want.” If we will look to the shepherd we find in him all that we need. There is no reason to go looking for another shepherd because he has supplied our need. He has met our need from day to day. I know that many of us desire to store up and build big barns, but that is the system of the world. We must recognize that it is the Lord who supplies our need. The Lord has taught us to pray “give us this day our daily bread’. If we look to the daily bread we will find complete sufficiency in the grace of God for whatever need that might arise. The Psalmist says “I shall not want”.
If you began to want it is only because your eyes are no longer on Jesus but you began to look to other gods. There are many gods in this world and in this society. There is the god of materialism. There are many different spirits that we can become possessed by when we take our eyes off Jesus. But has long as our affirmation of faith is in the fact that the Lord is my shepherd than you find yourself not wanting anything you will find in him complete sufficiency to supply your needs according to his riches in glory.
To know the Lord Jesus as Shepherd you are brought into an inheritance and a royal family joint-heir with Christ, for this reason I shall not want. I shall not want because in him there is healing for my body. I shall not want because in his word there is prosperity for my soul. Many times our wants connect us with the desires of the flesh. But when align our desires with the word of God we find ourselves in a state of thanksgiving. Because the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not lack any good thing. Therefore I am thankful and my mouth is full of praise.
Yes it is true that in the midst of the benefits, the joy and all the sunshine that comes our way there are some valleys along the way. There are times in life when it seems as if the sun will not shine. There are times of discouragement, when pain can be felt throughout the body. You may have to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Death is not always physical. Death can be the darkness of sin that hovers around us day after day, manifesting itself through the sins of others in the environment we live in. The world is full of death working in mankind as a result of sin. In the midst of all the trouble that comes to try us there is no reason to fear, because the Lord is with us.
David faced Goliath without any fear. We to must face our adversary of fear an doubt with the two great affirmations I shall not want and I shall not fear. David says “God is with me” and he knows that God is more than the world against him. The bible is full of testimonies of men who stood against evil with only God with them. Moses was able to go face Pharaoh because God was with him. God sends us no were that his presence has not already been. His presence goes before us, he follows and he surrounds us so why should we fear? Never along this is the promise of the shepherd who never sleeps nor slumber. In the face of death I can declare I will not fear. There is in the love of God power to drive out all fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear” 1 John 4:18. Fear and darkness are dispelled because of the light of God’s word dwelling on the inside.
“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4. Look at the comfort we have in his presence. We have the rod of protection and the staff of guidance and discipline through his word, so that we won’t stray from the way of holiness. For we find a narrow highway in the way of holiness. His staff is to keep me from straying by way of his correction and chastisement which lets me know that I am his child. I receive the discipline and correction of the Lord in humility because my relationship with God is one of Father and Son. The table that the Lord has prepared before me in the presence of my enemies the Lord is the great host. He has made me to prosper in the midst of famine. Our country is a broken economic system but I have invested my treasure in heaven. I have a security vault in heaven that is being manifested on earth. I have gold that does not fade away because of the riches in Christ Jesus. He is the treasure of this earthen vessel. In the midst of a world where there is trouble on every side, how will we make it, how will we put food on the table? The Lord yet provides for his own, he is the good shepherd.
“Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” Somebody wants to know why is the sanctified brother smiling while everyone is frowning? It is because the Lord has anointed me with the oil of gladness. For my sadness he has given me the garment of praise. For my tears he has dried my, weeping eyes. The Lord has anointed my head with oil.
“I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalms 23:6. To dwell in his presence let us hold on to this great affirmation. Has long as his presence is with me I will not compromise his holiness. As long has he goes before me I will fear no evil. As long has the joy of the Lord remains my great reservoir of strength I shall not want. Nothing can take the place of the light and peace in my heart.
Jesus is the good shepherd because he laid down his life. He is the shepherd who is above every shepherd that has ever been or will ever be. Jesus is the shepherd who looked out among the multitude and saw them as sheep without a Shepherd. He began to teach them and let them know “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28. The great shepherd who dwells there in Galilee and Nazareth, he worked as the Son of a Carpenter. The good Shepherd who fed the multitude one day he looked out upon humanity and said Father prepare me a body and I’ll go down, and he did just that. Veiled in flesh and blood he dwelled among men. The great Shepherd his name is Jesus. He gave up immortal glory to become a man. Because of his great love he laid down his life, no man could take it but he laid it down, that we might have life. He went into the grave to bring captivity and rob death of his power. We no longer have to fear death for it comes to us as a sweet relief, a door way to immortality. The great shepherd has gone before us and withstood the pains of death. He has risen to bring to us the resurrection. One day we shall stand in immortality without spot or wrinkle. We shall rise from the dust of the earth with his likeness and we shall shine as the stars and the firmament thereof.
Because the good shepherd has gone before us he is the elder brother the first of all who shall be resurrected brings to us that blessed hope. Therefore there is no reason to fear in the mist of trouble and darkness the presence of the Lord is with us. Surely he sits on the right hand of God but his spirit is with us. He intercedes for us in the Holy place of heaven but his spirit is with us. Receive Jesus and you receive life, reject him and you reject life.