This Summer both at the LCMS National Youth Gathering (#nyg2016) in New Orleans and at our congregations’ Vacation Bible School, I ran across the 23rd Psalm an awful lot. I’d never managed to commit it to memory until this Summer. For millennia, Jewish and Christian believers have recited it in times of crisis to find solace and comfort. The American pilots held prisoner in the infamous Hanoi Hilton POW camp during the Vietnam War tapped it out in Morris Code to encourage one another.
Because so, so many of us seem to be plagued with angst and anxiety lately (myself included) I thought I’d write a series of brief devotions on each verse in the psalm. I hope that they will be an encouragement to whoever happens to read them. Peace, friends.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
Hard, hard HARD to live and believe. This is one of those verses where I find myself praying Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
But part of this is trusting in Psalm 37:4 Delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
If we seek first His kingdom, He will take care of us. If we desire for money and power or prominence or comfort, we’ll never be satisfied.