“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalms 23:1)
I am stopped after/by the first verse. What a simple truth the psalmist has penned. If the Lord is our shepherd, then we have all that we needed. It ignores the smaller truth that not everyone has what they need, the necessities for living. But it does embrace the larger truth, that the Lord God has provided us with what our soul needs to live well. The psalmist goes on to list some of the smaller truths, as they would be framed by the metaphor of being sheep belonging to the Great Shepherd.
“He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I 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 overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.”
Do you have somewhere safe to rest and rejuvenate yourself, beloved reader? Then you are blessed.
Do you have food and drink, beloved reader? Then you are blessed.
The Lord God offered up Jesus Christ in order that we may be reconciled to the Divine. So we are blessed.
Jesus Christ walked the earth so that we might know how to be in relationship with creation. And so we are blessed.
Nothing can separate us from the Divine. And because of this all creation is blessed.
Yes, we have “small” needs that to the truly needy are large needs. And we grieve with those who do not have the necessities of life. And in our grief we gave and try to make life more bearable for others. As we read yesterday, we can minister to others through being small letter “s” shepherds to others. In this we are blessed also, as we are a blessing to others. The Lord is our Shepherd, and if our wants and needs are filled, then we owe thanks to the Lord. And praise that are deepest and most profound needs are met. Petition and intercession on behalf of others whose needs in this life are not met. And finally, confession when we have strayed from the path the Good Shepherd has set out for us.
Beloved reader, may all of your wants be met in the Lord God! Selah!