I Shall Not Want

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“I have been young, and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 (NAS)

Many of us have suffered financial stress.  Has any of us had to beg bread?  Has God ever forsaken us?

Meditate on the above promise from Psalm 37. As the “righteous”, (those who have confessed our sins and have had Christ’s righteousness imputed to us) we have His promise that He will never abandon us.

Lift us your arms and release your financial stress to Him, and know that your Good Shepherd will provide.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1 KJV)  What rich and beautiful words penned by the shepherd David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Lord of the universe is a personal shepherd to each of his children and has promised not to leave us needy.
The Greed word for “want” is: husterésis.  It means: an expression or type of lack (temporal insufficiency).  He will never leave us with insufficient funds, we have everything we need for life and godliness!

In his book, A Shepherd Looks at the Psalm 23; Phillip Keller says: “We are to be utterly contented in the Good Shepherd’s care and consequently not craving or desiring anything more.”

1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Seek first His kingdom, look to Him and be content with what He has provided, as this is great gain.

I ask again, have you ever had to beg bread?
Has He ever forsaken you?

I close with the beautiful words of William Cooper’s old hymn, Sometimes a Light Surprises:

1 Sometimes a light surprises

The Christian while he sings;

It is the Lord who rises

With healing in His wings;

When comforts are declining,

He grants the soul again

A season of clear shining,

To cheer it after rain.

2 In holy contemplation

We sweetly then pursue

The theme of God’s salvation,

And find it ever new;

Set free from present sorrow,

We cheerfully can say—

E’en let the unknown morrow

Bring with it what it may.

3 It can bring with it nothing,

But He will bear us through;

Who gives the lilies clothing,

Will clothe His people too:

Beneath the spreading heavens

No creature but is fed;

And He, who feeds the ravens,

Will give His children bread.

4 Though vine nor fig tree neither

Their wonted fruit shall bear;

Though all the fields should wither

Nor flocks nor herds be there;

Yet God the same abiding,

His praise shall tune my voice,

For, while in Him confiding,

I cannot but rejoice.

10 thoughts on “I Shall Not Want

  1. Chas Lutz

    Great message, excited for your move to FL and call to missions.  

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  2. Walter Kahler

    Thanks Cheryl for bringing out the power of trusting God with finances. When I was reading this it took me to Proverbs 3: 5-6 especially the scripture about “In all your ways acknowledge Him”. I have learned when I follow that command with anything (finance included) He always provides me the wisdom to make the right decisions and it always turns out. I loved the ending with William Cooper’s old hymn great message contain within it. Have a great week.

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    1. securelyheld Post author

      Amen, Walter! Trust God with all our heart. Lean not on our own understanding. Acknowledge Him in every way. He directs our paths! Blessings to you.

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  3. deborah richardson

    We have been there several times…..times, where we had no other choice but to trust God. And He was always there. Sometimes long before the need was known. Good post. from over at CBCE

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