Psalm 23:1 NIV
At the start of Psalm 23, David says: ‘The Lord is my shepherd’. By saying this, he was affirming that he had a very personal relationship with God; one that was unique. God has given each of us a one-of-a-kind personality, gifting, purpose, and calling. And He wants a relationship with us that is unlike the one He has with anybody else. Just like our fingerprints are unique, so is God’s interaction with us. We need to learn how to hear His voice and to know when He is speaking specifically to us. David goes on to say, ‘I lack nothing’. The shepherd was the provider for all the sheep. He kept them safe and made sure that they were led to places where they could eat and drink. And, as our Shepherd, God does that for us. He keeps us safe and He provides for all our needs. We can often get stressed because we forget that we have a Personal Provider. We forget that God cares about us so much that He will meet all our needs. In Matthew, Jesus says: ‘Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’ (vv.25-26 NIV). We’re so valuable to God, He sees us as individuals. He wants that unique relationship with each of us. And He knows the things we need (have a look at Matthew 6:32). So we don’t have to stress, we have a Personal Provider looking after us.
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