I Lack For Nothing, What A Wonderful Statement

One of the Bible verses I shared this week was from the 23rd chapter of Psalms. When I read the verse, I was immediately drawn to it. I read it repeatedly, and it has popped into my head many times since then.

Psalms 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Take a few minutes to let this verse sink in. This is the NIV version of the verse, but the King James version is how I grew up reading it.

Psalms 23:1

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

While the two versions have the same intent and mean the same thing, the KJV translation confused me. King David was a shepherd boy before he became king, and tending sheep was what he knew best. He took care of his sheep, keeping them safe from any predators that might be lurking around. He also led them to different pastures where they could find lush green grass to eat. And finding streams with fresh water would have been his priority to ensure his sheep had plenty of water to drink.

When David referred to the Lord as HIS shepherd, I understood that he referred to the Lord as his provider and protector. Everything he (and us, too) had was because of the Lord’s generosity. But…how do you not want for anything?

The last part of the KJV verse is what confused me. I’ve always had plenty, but I still want to strive for more. I’m content with what I have, but I still want to improve myself and others. Did this verse mean that I shouldn’t ever strive for more or have desires?

Deuteronomy 2:7

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.

In Deuteronomy, the word lacked was used to show that even through some of the hardest trials, the Lord provided, and the people lacked for nothing. Their needs were met, they were protected from their enemies, and the Lord was with them.

Remembering that everything good comes from the Lord is important. Striving for more isn’t a bad thing; otherwise, we might never improve ourselves and others. We can rest easy in knowing and trusting in the Lord since he knows what we need. And, never forget to be grateful for what the Lord has provided because we genuinely lack for nothing…

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. Bridgette says:

    Thank you. I so needed that confirmation.

  2. Blessed Sunday,
    Thank you so much for addressing Sunday with scripture and a testimony each week.
    I look forward to reading this each week.

  3. What a beautiful and, for me, timely reminder. Thank you for sharing this. God bless you 🩷

  4. Ginger Hiller says:

    Yes, we are so very blessed, aren’t we! Thank you for this reminder.

  5. Marci Hutchison says:

    So many of us are so Blessed and I forget at times just how much! Thank you for this message today!

  6. Lorelei Almand says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder. We are in the process of making a big move and the timing of your message was as He is perfect!

  7. Thank you for sharing this verse today. Such an awesome reminder. If we have the good Lord, we have everything. God bless you!!

  8. I have the King James version of the Bible and I have never read the NIV version. I Knew that there was other versions but I was never sure if they were leaving out things or how it had been interrupted. Psalms 23 has always been a favorite of mine. I love that you posted this. Thanks

    1. MaryCarol says:

      One of my favorite verses. ❤️

  9. A wonderful reminder thank you!🥰