Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Lord is my shepherd...

Sheep in Co. Wicklow where we live.
"The Lord is my shepherd..." I've been reflecting on these wonderful words today.  I remember as a child not understanding them.  Allow me to make myself clear.  In the KJV it reads... "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want"  It didn't make sense, why would you NOT want him.  But that's not what it's saying is it?


In the NRSV it reads this way, "The Lord is my shepherd I shall not be in want."  In the new NIV they changed it to read, "The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing."   The more I've lived with those words today, the more I've come to embrace them.  Think with me about what David's suggesting?  What does he understand about our God, our shepherd, that we ought to grasp?


I believe David was suggesting that IN our good shepherd(Jn 10) we find we have everything we need.  We lack NOTHING!  Don't get me wrong... David is not spouting some prosperity gospel where I can get that BMW I've always wanted or that Villa on the French Riviera.  Although I do have a great home on the Irish Sea. He's saying we'll have everything we need.


May that be our prayer... Good Shepherd help me recognize you're ALL I need...


By the way, David goes on to say...  "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake."