1. The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.
  2. Not wanting means that you don’t need anything. You lack nothing.
  3. Another way to say you lack nothing is to say you have everything you need. You are satisfied. There is no longing for more or something else. You are complete.
  4. The Hebrew word for that is shalom.
  5. We know that word to mean peace. We are at peace when there is no search for something else. We have it all.
  6. It’s also a place of rest. There is no striving. There’s nothing we need to work to get because we have it all.
  7. If the Lord is your shepherd, there is shalom. There is peace. There is rest. There is no lack. There is nothing needful; you have all in Christ and don’t need to look further.
  8. There is no striving, no work. It is accomplished. Our job is to just abide, to rest in His arms of love. Your to-do list is to love God.
  9. That doesn’t mean you only laze around. That wouldn’t be very loving. That would be selfish.
  10. There is plenty of work to be done, but it’s not done out of trying to accomplish because the work is already finished. We pray. We pray lots. We love those the Lord brings into our influence each day. That can look like hard work, but it’s a joyful service unto the Lord. We serve only God, not man, so we aren’t ever looking for their approval or gratitude. We have all we need in the Lord.
  11. And if you can look back on your life and see lack, see need, see times where there wasn’t peace and rest, ask the Lord for new vision. Because the promise is that goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of your life. It’s there. It’s always been there. Ask His help to see it.