Psalm 23:1 THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
When David says I shall not lack, he is saying I shall not be short of anything, be deficient in anything, have too little of something, or be missing anything in my life. Because we have a Shepherd who is concerned with our physical well-being, our mental state, and our protection we can confidently declare- I shall not lack. Not, I might not have lack in my life, maybe God will provide for me, or sometimes my needs are met. No! I will not have anything missing or absent in my life! We’ve talked about this before- how God will supply for us everything we have need of. How many of us can look back throughout our lives and know that God has truly kept this promise? The answer should be all of us. God will always provide for our needs. I heard my husband once say, “Let’s say you were asking God for a Filet Mignon and you ended up with hamburger that night for dinner. That doesn’t mean God didn’t come through for you. You were able to eat and you didn’t starve, so God did provide for you. Even when we may not understand how our needs will be met, we can trust that we will not lack.
Think of Abraham in Genesis 22. Following the instruction of the Lord, he took his son Isaac up to make an offering to God. His son got a little nervous because he didn’t see the sacrifice. In verse 8Abraham said, My son, [God Himself will provide a lamb for the burnt offering. So the two went on together. You probably know the story, but Abraham got ready to sacrifice his son, God said stop and in verses 13-14 13Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son! 14So Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide. And it is said to this day, On the mount of the Lord it will be provided. This was the first time Abraham saw God as Jehovah Jireh- The Lord God my Provider, but not the last.
We need to understand that the God who provided for Abraham is the same God that will provide for you and me. What comes to mind is Philippians 4:19 And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. We just need to see Him as Jehovah Jireh in our lives.
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