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Lacking nothing that I need


Psalm 23 has helped me (and many others) cope with and survive great loss. Over the last few weeks of a schedule full of transitions and very little Bible reading, I have managed to survive by meditating on Psalm 23.

In verse one, I discover, “Yahweh, you are my shepherd and I lack nothing.”

YAHWEH—He is the covenant-making and covenant-keeping God. He is faithful, all-powerful and awesome! When he revealed himself to Moses in Exodus 3, His holiness stands out (see also Heb 12 and Isaiah 6). This holy one is the God with whom we have to face and the very same one who invites us into a relationship of intimacy!

IS—He is the Great I AM of Exodus 3 and John 8:58 and John 18:5-6. He is present with me. My relationship with him is one that is ongoing and full of life! He is with me moment by moment. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow (Heb 13:8) and will never leave me nor forsake me (Heb 13:5).

MY SHEPHERD—Unbelievable that he could be MY shepherd. He cares for me. He protects me. He guides and leads me. He knows my name and He is good (John 10:3, 11).

I LACK NOTHING—I can be content with what He provides; with what I have. I can be grateful. I have no reason to complain or be envious or covet what others have. I lack nothing that I need. Perhaps there are things that I would want but if I needed them, I can trust that my good shepherd would give them to me.

Yahweh, You are my good shepherd and I lack nothing!

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