Words from the Heart for Thursday February 9th, 2017
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 23:1 (KJV)
The Shepherd Lord
This psalm is one of the most memorized parts of Scripture. The Lord is showing us so much about His care over our lives. When we make the decision to give our lives to Him, He becomes the Shepherd that we really need. The sheep cannot live on their own. They cannot safely find their own food and water. They have no defense against animals that prey upon them. Yes, this psalm shows us how much we need the Lord. What a privilege to belong to Him.
Canadians often wonder if there are any uniquely Canadian dishes and the good news is, there are! One French Canadian dish is called Pate Chinois, literally Chinese Dough, although if you put Pate Chinois in google translate, it comes out in English as shepherd’s pie. This Canadian adaptation of traditional British shepherd’s pie is so named because it was introduced to Canadian railway workers by Chinese cooks during the construction of our national railway system in the late 19th century. These cooks made it under instruction from the railway bosses who were of British origin as an easily prepared, inexpensive version of the popular cottage pie, with the sauce in the tinned creamed corn serving as a substitute for the gravy. The French Canadian railway workers became fond of it and brought the recipe back with them to their home communities.
There are perhaps no two more well-known verses in the Bible than John 3:16 and Psalm 23:1. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Or as the NIV puts it, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. What a great statement. King David had experienced God’s touch on his life in so many ways. God had called him, anointed him, convicted him, humbled him, restored him, redeemed him and always, always loved him. David had experienced God’s provision of material, spiritual and emotional blessings and over and over when David called on the Lord he had found that God was always with him, leading him and directing him, protecting and guiding him, even in the most challenging times. David was making a statement out of his many experiences, both good and bad and could therefore write that there was nothing that he lacked. Each and every one of us who have given our lives to Jesus Christ has experienced the same thing. How has God seen to it that you lack nothing? What has God done recently that proves again that He is Jehovah Jireh, the provider? If someone were to ask you today, “in what ways lately has God provided for your needs?” how would you answer? God is so faithful. He loves you, and when you come to Him with your needs, He will provide. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not be in want.
These have been words from the heart.