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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.