The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. Psalm 23:1, NLT
Every August, lists are prepared by parents to make sure their children have everything they need for the new school year—from pencils, paper, and lunchboxes for the little ones; to computers, smartphones, and residential furnishings for the college students. The most satisfying phrase a parent can hear on the night before the first day of school is: “Don’t worry—I have everything I need.”
That is the opening line of David’s twenty-third psalm, a summary statement of how the Good Shepherd takes care of His sheep. Traditionally, that first line has been rendered, “I shall not want.” But a modern, more positive rendering is, “I have all that I need.” There is no need to consider what we might need and then remember that we have it. Instead, we know, without wondering, that we have everything we need. For David, playing the role of a sheep, that meant lush pastures and quiet waters; restoration of the soul; protection from evil; a luxurious banquet table; an eternal home forever.
If you are Christ’s, you belong to the Good Shepherd—and you have everything you need in Him.
He who has the Holy Spirit in his heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs. Alexander MacLaren
My Shepherd, Psalm 23 – Pastor Chuck Smith – Topical Bible Study