My mind swirls with thoughts about all that I do not have. I am overtaken. The mirror. The scale. The magazines. They all shout about the deficiency of my body. I wish, I wish, I wish I lost weight as easily as I gained it. Or maybe even didn’t gain it at all. Some people are like that, right? Oh, if I could be one of those people, those beautiful people, those skinny people. Life must be so much better for them.
My calendar. My routine. My days swirl in circles for want of purpose. I grapple with the emptiness of not having a job. Oh, wouldn’t it be better if I was doing more? If I was contributing. If I was an essential piece someplace. If I could achieve things. If I could have someone telling me I was doing good work.
My kids. Oh, my kids. I look at my kids and know I could be doing so much better at this parenting thing. If only I had more creativity. More spontaneity. I dream of being a fun mom. A mom who is more present in the moment. A mom who sets up a tent in the living room and reads to her kids by light of a lantern. Oh, If I could be more like that.
And what about my eyelids heavy for lack of sleep? My living room empty for lack of furniture? My phone not ringing for lack of friends?
Life would be better if…. I wish I could have… I am missing…. Feelings of lack consume.
And along comes a Psalm. Arguably the most common and celebrated Psalm in the Bible. I am amazed that a Psalm I have read so many, so many times can still smack hard against me. It convicts and settles and challenges and brings peace.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. – Psalm 23:1
I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures. – Psalm 23:2a
Peace. Rest. I lack nothing.
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. – Psalm 23:2b-3a
Nourishment. Renewing. I lack nothing.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. – Psalm 23:3b
Direction. Guidance. I lack nothing.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. –Psalm 23:4
Hope. Comfort. I lack nothing.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. – Psalm 23:5a
Nourishment. Security. I lack nothing.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5b
Purpose. Blessing. I lack nothing.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. – Psalm 23:6
Grace. Love. Devotion. I lack nothing.
This does not mean, practically speaking, that I have everything. I still have wants and needs that have not gone away.
But my soul? It can be satisfied. I lack nothing. My soul can be fulfilled.
I can find rest for aimless wandering and answers for endless wishing in the arms of a God who provides.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I lack nothing.
Walk through the Psalms is a series reflecting on the beautiful and timeless poetry found in the middle of the Bible. It is an intentional study of God’s Word, grounded in the belief that God gave us the Bible so we could meditate on it, whether that takes us through inspiring or frustrating territory.