As we pray through the Twenty-Third Psalm, early on we must make a declaration of our faith, as David did. In the opening verse of his psalm, David declared, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” [Psalm 23:1]
If we are honest with ourselves, we know that though we may pray this psalm every day as a personal prayer, there will be times when it seems that we are in want.
David had those days. Yet his psalm is an affirmation of his faith, his trust in the Lord, no matter what.
It can be such an affirmation for us as well, as we begin to know and love the Lord as David did. He was a man after God’s own heart–not a perfect man, but one who loved God. His beautiful psalm is a declaration of that love. David knew God in a personal way as his shepherd, and out of that experience of knowing God, he learned to trust Him. Over time, throughout his life, David’s faith was built through His experience with the living Lord, as ours will be.
Our prayer expresses that heart desire–“Lord, help me to know You, that I may have faith to believe that no matter what the circumstances, I can trust You. Help me to live with the certainty that I know I shall not be in want of what You know
that I need.”
Pray with us — Lord, may our love and faith and trust in You grow daily, for we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.