“I Shall Not Want” While Walking through the Valley of the Shadow of Death:
In the same Psalm where David boldly declares “I shall not want,” he also writes of walking through the valley of the shadow of death.
David didn't say, "I shall not want" in a season of abundance. He said it in a season of darkness. So what that tells me is, this satisfaction that our Shepherd provides is not conditional. We don't have to live by the statements:
If I had this then this. . . .
If this happened then I would. . . .
If they accepted me then this. . . . .
When the Lord is our Shepherd, and His is, then we lack nothing. Period.
Now it's really hard to get to that point because we constantly live in this lack mentality, to always think of what we don't have, haven't done or haven't achieved yet. But this Psalm is telling us it doesn't matter what you've done or accomplished God is enough. When He is leading and guiding us we are not lacking. He will fulfill us in ways that we simply can't on our own. An empty cup cannot pour into itself. A sheep cannot lead itself. We cannot be truly fulfilled without God. But with Him, we shall not want.
I wonder when David said "I shall not want," was it a statement that he already accepted as true, or was it a reminder to himself not to seek satisfaction outside of God.
I wonder how much would our lives change if we didn't live from a mentally of lack but lived by the truth that “the Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”
We'd then be able to look at the dry and empty places in our lives and truly see how God is still providing and protecting even when we're walking through the valley of the shadow of death.