Psalm 23:1. "The LORD is my Shepherd; I shall not want."
The question to ask may be, how real is this in my life? Am I living in full trust of all the promises and proclamations God has made for me in His Son Jesus the Christ? Or is this something, unfortunately, which I associate only with graveside services when someone near and dear departs this physical reality?
Such statements are made in Scripture for some very wonderful reasons which have to do with the journey, the "crossroad" of this life, more than the next. It has to do with now and here! For example - "...through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust..." (2 Peter 1:3,4)
This thought (which needs to be explored and appreciated in its context) conveys a proclamation about the promises of God - these are given so that we may become partakers of the divine nature! Does it get any better than this?
Psalm 23 is very well known. Consequently it oftens gets taken for granted. However, it is well worth it to no longer let it be taken for granted in your own mind and life. Might it be time to take this gem out of the treasure chest, dust it off, and see what it will reveal to you?
To proclaim, ponder, personalize, and pray this beautiful statement of God's goodness, and to receive it into one's heart, several times each day - especially upon rising and then again before falling asleep - can lift the consciousness of a "believer" from the depths of despair, into a "receiver" of the glories of the loving will of the Divine, as He draws us into intimate spiritual fellowship with Himself.
Are you willing, dear reader, to give that a persistent try?
Yes, keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. Jesus reminds us, "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:9-13)
Or, in Matthew's expression of it, "...how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:11). You could look at it this way - it's the "711" promise of Christ Jesus, and oh, thank heaven for seven eleven!
Therefore we need to get busy. Open The Good Book and take a good look! Then proclaim, ponder, personalize, and pray, "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want."