I Shall Not Want

So many people live in the frustration of unfulfilled worldly passions. However, the believer who sets his mind “on things above” (Colossians 3:2) has crucified the carnal passions and desires of the godless human nature (2). He has not only accepted, theologically, what God has said, but he is experiencing what God has done. Oh, what a zenith of Christian living! Therefore, he lives in the presence and purpose of God.

He can say, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1). He has already been seated in heavenly places and has been made to lie down in green pastures before the situation happened, so the situation ends in his receiving mercy. God continually leads him beside the still waters. And the very thing that seems a storm, by sight, is a still water situation internally to him because he knows who is leading him. “He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). This believer knows the thing that is happening in his life is the treading, again, of the path of His righteousness. This is not such a bad way to go. In fact, it is the Biblical way to live. No wonder the Holy Spirit gave psalms, songs, and poetry. They help us to understand the beauty of every situation as we pause and appreciate the impact it will have in our lives.

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