READ THISThe Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.Even 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 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
we have now looked at Psalm 23 in its entirety, viewing it all through the lens of contentment.
And what have we seen?
“Life without Lack” is what Dallas Willard calls the kind of contentment described in Psalm 23. Lacking nothing.
In the parable of “The Prodigal Son” the wayward younger son returns home when he “begins to lack” or “begins to be in need.”And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. Luke 15:14
That son was disappointed (in himself and others), he was probably bitter, frustrated, unhappy, dissatisfied, full of regret, lonely, isolated, guilty, hungry…
The image painted for us in Psalm 23 is the inverse of all of that.
green pastures & cool water
feasting in the midst of danger
goodness and mercy
dwelling with God
you have so many good things in store,
give me patience to wait on you.
Give me courage to follow you.
Give me faith to belive in you.
Give me wisdom to know how to follow you,
So that I may dwell in your house,
All the days of my life