The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.(Psalm 23:1)

Sunday, we studied this chapter at church. The thought of not wanting anything at all, challenged my heart. How does the thought…I shall not want…settle with you?

What would you do, if you never needed anything at all? What kind of a life would that be? To want nothing! When David penned these words, he fought enemies, and had so much against him. Yet, he didn’t need for anything. All he needed was the Shepherd.

David referred to God as the Shepherd. He knew the valley he had to walk was something to walk through. But, he didn’t have to fear, as he had the ultimate Shepherd walking beside him on a daily basis.

To put it in perspective, David’s enemies were always standing alongside of him somewhere along the trail. Yet, God never allowed those enemies to get too closely to him. The SHEPHERD, guarded him, watched over him, made sure he was safe where ever he was at. This enabled him to protect his flock of sheep. Our Shepherd—God—is always near us, guarding each step as we walk through this life we are living. The comfort we have is through our Shepherd— surrounding us with love and guidance daily.

Like David, we will face lots of trials, some good—some not so great. Through it, we need to remember that God’s goodness and mercy will follow us wherever we go. Therefore, we really shouldn’t have a need for anything. God will never leave us alone, and he will always walk beside us as we go through those trials. He is our good Shepherd.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23:6)
Father, I love you for being my good Shepherd. Amen.