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The Lord is My Shepherd, I Shall Not Want

Happy New Year to you all! As we put away the Christmas tree and a pull out our calendars for the new year, let’s be mindful of the Lord’s provision for us as his people. Though 2020 was a challenging year, there is no reason for us as God’s people to begin 2021 in a state of anxiety. This week in order to calm and strengthen myself—spirit, body, and soul—I started reciting Psalm 23 to myself each night before I drift off to sleep. I take my time walking through the psalm, repeating as needed, letting these simple, yet profound truths shape my heart and mind.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23 (NASB)

Over the next six seeks, I’d like to invite you to join me in meditating on this psalm. What a great way to start 2021 focusing on the goodness and presence of our Shepherd! Let’s look at verse 1:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Say it slowly; let it sink in. Pause and meditate on its words.

Personalize it…Lord, you are my Shepherd, you have your ever watchful eye on me. You are aware of my wellbeing at all times. Thankfully, as my great Shepherd you are near me and totally committed to my care.

Therefore, I shall not want; or I have all that I need (NLT). As my requests are formed on my lips…you already know them. I lack no good thing. You supply all my needs from your limitless riches. I truly want for nothing. Amen

Let's begin the new year warm and secure in his loving care.


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