Psalm 23:1 - The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
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We rarely appreciate all of the blessings of comfort and privilege we have until we don’t have them any more. Most of us would be surprised at just how many things we think we cannot live without, but we really can. Just recently, some of my extended family and I were talking about the different cities we live in. I almost made myself disgusted with the amount of privilege that came out of my mouth when I said, “I couldn’t live there because your city doesn’t even have a Starbucks.”
God knows what we can and cannot live without.
David beautifully paints a picture of the renewal, guidance, comfort, justice, and provision God gives to His people here in Psalm 23. The Lord is our shepherd. He is the One who protects us, leads us to pleasant places, helps us through unpleasant places, frees us from thickets and traps we fall into, and graciously provides sustenance in needs.
Many times we confuse the blessings with the blesser. Many times we think our privilege and overflow is the sign that we are doing the right thing. We may even think that unless our lives have one particular privilege, we would be living in lack. That happens when we focus more on the blessing than the blesser.
The Lord is our shepherd. He takes care of us. He protects us. He provides for us. We will not be in want.