Psalm 23 - God Has All That I Need

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The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

{psalm 23}

This Scripture came to me at just the right moment.

I read my Wife After God devotional one morning, feel worn down and frayed. And although this is one of the most familiar psalms, reading it in the New Living Translation opened my eyes to its beauty. It simply describes who God is, what he does, and who we are in light of that.

The LORD: 
leads.
renews.
guides.
protects.
comforts.
pursues....me.

He IS:
my shepherd.
close beside me in the darkness.
goodness and love.

Me:
I have ALL that I need.
My cup OVERFLOWS with blessings.
I will live in the presence of God FOREVER.

One sentence in that day's devotional stuck out to me - God is the only one who has the power to be your everything.

Do you feel the weight of that?

We hear the lie crooned over the radio, spoken in the cinema by wide-eyed lovers, whispered in our hearts by our deceitful desires - I am what you need. I demand that of other people - my husband, my friend. Be everything for me! 

But another human being can never be loving enough to satisfy the cravings of our heart, powerful enough to stand up under the weight of our endless need.

Yet - God can.

I love that list of God's traits in Psalm 23. It encompasses everything I need to thrive in this life. And it can only be found in walking with the Lord wherever he takes me - through green meadows of joy, answered prayers, and friendships; and through the dark valleys of loss, pain, and disappointed hope.

Because of his love for me, I can say - I have ALL that I need.

And I pray that you find all you need in the arms of the Father today.

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