"I lack nothing.”
That’s how the NIV translates the Hebrew at the end of the first line of Psalm 23.
We talked about this in last Sunday’s sermon: David’s life was full of danger, disappointment, and betrayal, yet somewhere in the midst it he was able to write, “The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing.”
We know from watching David’s life and his relationship with God that he trusted God to meet his needs. Is trusting God that much only for Biblical stars? The heroes of the faith?
Maybe David saw things we don’t see. Or maybe he remembers when we forget. It can’t be that God has changed.
So we’re trying this as a congregation this week: Every time we think of it we say to ourselves, “The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.”
I expect your results will be mixed, as mine are. Sometimes remembering Psalm 23:1 brings great comfort, sometimes not so much. But that’s worth noticing about ourselves. Where and when am I when “I lack nothing” brings courage? Where and when does “I lack nothing” ring hollow. What does that tell me about me?
It’s worth asking.
Pastor Mark loves his wife and grown children, the Word of God, and words. And coffee,
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)
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