“David is a shepherd!” squealed my little daughter of only 3 years old. At this time in her life my little one loved to read about David and his adventures in her children’s bible. Like kids do with their favorite books, we had read the stories so many times she had them memorized and would pick up her bible and pretend she was reading. One night I pulled out her book and hoping for a change I asked her who she wanted to read about. Noah? She loves animals. Jonah? Maybe the big fish will draw her in. Nope. Not a chance.
“David! I want to read about David!” She took the book in her hands and began to “read”. As she read I began trying to clear the floor by stuffing toys in her toy box. My little one described David as a shepherd and his devotion to his sheep and God. Then she repeated a line from the children’s bible that we have read 7,777 times. “The Lord is my shepherd. I have everything I need.” A scripture I’ve heard at least that many times in my life, but tonight something was different. It stopped me dead in my tracks. God used that everyday moment with my daughter to speak straight to my heart.
I love it when God takes scriptures we hear over and over and reveals something completely new.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1 NKJV
I had always thought about this verse in the context of tangible things: food, a roof over my head, and clothes on my body. That evening in my daughter’s room, God opened my eyes to the truth. He has given me everything I need in every situation in my life no matter how mundane or complicated or difficult. He does not just give me tangible things, but also strength, peace, wisdom, discernment, spiritual gifts, etc.
Many of you may find yourself in a season where this truth is one that you need to hold close. God has given me everything I need to make it through this season. Because of Jesus I have everything I need to be the mommy you made me to be; I have everything I need to get that promotion; I have everything I need to overcome depression, I have everything to live a healthier life, I have everything I need to climb out of debt; God has given me everything I need to resolve the issues in my relationships; I have everything I need to be a leader; I have everything I need to serve at church.
God does not leave us alone or empty handed. He provides us with everything we need. He equips us.
There is so much on each side of the semicolon in this verse. Let’s go back to the beginning of Psalm 23. “The Lord is my Shepherd…” God doesn’t just give us provision, he shepherds us in the process. He doesn’t leave us, he pastors us through. He leads us and guides us. And the Good Shepherd protects us.
“The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your life.” Psalm 121:7 AMP
He is our Provision, our Pastor, and our Protector.
Thank you Jesus for new revelations. Thank you for giving everyone reading this everything they need and staying with us through the process. You are our shepherd and we can’t do it without you. Thank you that you give us your word as a guide. Remind us of your provision and promises when we are in need. I pray for your protection over my friends. We love you and pray you are honored through our processes.
In Jesus’ holy name. Amen.
~ Amanda Waller