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Psalm 23: Needs


Issue 046

What do you need this week? Resourcing is a
significant issue in organisations and businesses. We
have a language related to it. We have human resources
departments or managers, IT resource management and
people dealing with funding resources, both capital and
revenue. We even adapt the words to describe our
approach. So some of our tasks are now outsourced.
The challenge in many situations is to make sure that
resources are sufficient to meet changing or increasing
demands. From a personal point of view, when
resources are insufficient to meet real or even
perceived demands, we describe ourselves as stressed.

So what do you need this week? What do you need
today? Maybe you feel you are short of time, help,
expertise, finance or a whole range of other resources.
David’s argument in his 23rd Psalm is that because the
Lord is his Shepherd, he has everything he needs. The
phrase is translated variously as “I shall not want”; “I shall
lack nothing”; or “I have everything I need”.

It’s very hard to believe, in the middle of a working
week, that you are not under-funded, underpaid,
overworked or overstretched. It is difficult to feel the
certainties of this phrase in an uncertain world. But
David is not joking, he is not playing make-believe. He is
arguing that in the Shepherd-Lord, we have all we need
to do and to be what is necessary. Maybe the challenge
is to concentrate more on the Shepherd than the needs.
Maybe it is not our needs that are too big, but our
understanding of the Shepherd that is too small.


Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

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Series: Psalm 23
Module: 1
Season: -
Daily Guide: Yes

Tags: needs, perspective, resources, stress

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