‘I shall not be in want’ (Psalm 23:1)
This was David’s conclusion, from the belief that the Lord was his shepherd. If we are the sheep of Christ, He will supply us. He has all things in His possession, the silver and the gold are His, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. His private mark is upon all. All spiritual blessings are in His possession also; and He has a kind, tender and liberal heart. He will give.
He has engaged to supply, conduct, protect, and present His flock upon Mount Zion. He has promised to be to us, do for us, and bestow upon us, all that our circumstances require. His conduct towards His flock in past days is a sufficient guarantee; whenever were the righteous neglected and unheeded? Did David ever want for anything?
Few passed through greater changes or severer trials than David; yet upon his dying bed he tells us, he had all his desire. If you belong to Christ, you may safely conclude, “I SHALL NOT WANT”. Your fears are follies; your anxieties are groundless; your forebodings are sinful; you have God your Heavenly Father to provide for you, and you ought to rejoice. “My God shall supply all your needs, according to His glorious riches” [Philippians 4:19].
What want shall not our God supply,
From His redundant stores?
What streams of mercy from on high
An arm almighty pours!
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘My feelings, my hopes, my faith, anything and everything besides God’s word: yet to this I must come, on this I must rest, with this I must be satisfied, if I ever enjoy solid and settled peace.’