“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”(ESV)
“The LORD is my shepherd;I have all that I need.”(NLT)
“The LORD is my shepherd;there is nothing I lack.”(HCSB)
“The LORD is my shepherd. I am never in need.”(GWT)- Psalm 23:1
Praise God! Halleluyah! What a confession! What a powerful way to start your week.I ain’t going to teach this subject today.
Let me hand you over to my brother,my name sake,my vice president(then in CASOR UI),my best man,@ Ayeni Temitope,as he teaches on the SHEPHERD’S FLOCK.Read and be blessed.
King David was a man who lived in the Old Testament with a revelation of the New testament. “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want ” is an expression of the deep confidence of the Psalmist in the Lord’s ability to meet all he needs and wants!
Though the verse is popular among believers and unbelievers,there is an aspect of it I will like us to look into today.
NEEDS AND WANTS
Economics teaches us the difference between these concepts.
Need :It is something needed to survive.
In economics, the idea of survival is real, meaning someone might die if their needs are not met. These include things like food, water, and shelter.
Want : It is simply something that people desire to have, that they may, or may not, be able to obtain.
Going by this definition, we will come to understand that Psalm 23:1 speaks beyond our immediate NEEDS.
If we do a comparative study of this passage and Matt 6:25, we will see its relationship with Jesus’ instruction to His disciples about not being bothered about their needs because they are fixed in Him but rather, they should seek that which is most important :The kingdom of God.
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”-Matt 6:25
These are NEEDS.
Unfortunately, we focus so much on these. But Jesus said:’Take no thought of them.God is in charge and knows you need them.They are important but He will give you more than those needs.Halleluyah!
The Psalmist understood the all-sufficiency of God to do much more than he could ever NEED and even WANT!
Paul corroborated this in Phil 4:19:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”.
“But my God–so great is His wealth of glory in Christ Jesus–will fully supply every need of yours”(WeyMouth New Testament)
“And may my God supply all your want, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”(Douay- Rheims Bible)
Our God does not just meet needs, he also made provisions for ALL we can ever think of.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask (NEED) or think (WANT)…”(Ephe 3:20)
“Now to him who is able to do all things more abundantly than we desire or understand…”(Douay- Rheims Bible)
“Now to Him who, in exercise of His power that is at work within us, is able to do infinitely beyond all our highest prayers or thoughts–“(WeyMouth New Testament)
Did you just pick some ‘rhemaic’ words there? Halleluyah!
We are so concerned about our needs forgetting that we have a FATHER who is not just concerned about our NEEDS but He is also interested in supplying our WANTS.
How far can your eyes see? How big is your Dream? Are you too scared of how it will happen? Come on turn to the Word and to the Lord,the Shepherd of your soul.
He is an All Sufficient God… Cast your care on Him!
He is your Shepherd…A true shepherd is responsible for his Sheep…
He never sleeps nor slumber…You can rest assured!
His hands are never too short…Therefore He can save you.#Olowogbogboro#
And He knows you by name…Yes! You…He knows every thought of yours.
He sees each tear that has dropped from your face
And hears you only if you can call on Him.
Be assured He cares about His flock!
Stay blessed and rapturable
Ayeni Temitope(Titus.firstname.lastname@example.org) sent in this piece from Lagos Nigeria