The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1)
What is offered in this psalm sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? “I shall not want.” Perfect satisfaction. Life with no lack. Real contentment. It’s the life you’ve always wanted.
However, our experience seldom reflects this. We often find ourselves wrestling with feelings of anxiety, disappointment, restlessness, exasperation. We long for fulfillment and find ourselves fantasizing about a much different life—one in which all of our problems have disappeared. We read these words: “I shall not want,” and they seem so foreign. Why can’t we seem to lay hold of this kind of life?
If the promise of Psalm 23 seems elusive, it is because we have not yet realized what it means to have Christ as our Shepherd. Given our nature, we are far more prone to chase a life that is problem-free than we are to chase a life of intimacy with Him. We must, therefore, take our eyes off of our circumstances and set them upon Jesus. We must give our hearts completely to Him, entrusting ourselves into His all-sufficient care. “The Lord is my shepherd” must be the ultimate focus of your life before “I shall not want” can become its defining reality.
This Sunday we have an opportunity to do this together, to make Christ our ultimate focus. We will gather as the flock of God to re-direct our hearts away from being compulsively preoccupied with the here and now. Instead we get to occupy ourselves with the One who said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me” (John 10:14). Occupied with Him, we will find that the life we desire isn’t so elusive after all. It just isn’t found in a set of problem-free circumstances, as we so often assume. It is instead found in the loving presence of Christ, the Restorer of our souls, the One who knows us and has invited us to know Him. So won’t you join the flock and draw near to Him? Let Him shepherd your heart.
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
- What about your life have you found yourself wishing could be different? Do you really believe that a life with fewer or no problems would bring the fulfillment you want? Ask God to search your heart. Entrust yourself to Him. Tell Him that you would rather have Him than a different set of circumstances.
- Pray that Christ would be present among the people of LifePoint this Sunday to shepherd us and restore our souls. Ask that He would speak and work by the truth of His Word to guide us.
Set List for Sunday, January 12, 2020
- Welcome the Healer
- There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
- Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me
- O Praise The Name
- Build My Life