The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalm 23 New King James Version (NKJV)
Having been a shepherd boy, King David knew sheep. When he penned this Psalm, he was very aware of the helpless state in which his flock existed because his job was to watch over them. Yet, he described himself as one who required the same kind of guidance as the sheep did. And his Shepherd brought him a mighty long way.
We all "want" things - especially this time of year. Children are encouraged to make a list of things they want for Santa to bring. Adults declare what their special desires are to those who care enough to give them gifts they have not purchased for themselves. Many of these acquisitions bring joy for a time in this season. Some people are disappointed when they don't get what they "want." David, who eventually had everything of material value he may have wanted, gave glory to God for shepherding him through life as he looked forward to dwelling in the Lord's house forever.
With God as our Shepherd, we have all that we need and even some of the things that we want. God knows the desires of our hearts. But He also knows that we fear and doubt. He sees us as we worry and fret. Yet, He watches over us with loving eyes that know and see everything. He protects us. He provides goodness and mercy, peace, restoration and comfort to us, His sheep. He fills our cups to overflowing with hope and the promise of forever in His Kingdom. This is where we will want for nothing.
The Lord is our Shepherd. Oh Great Jehovah, feed us till we want no more.