I Have Everything I Need

Greetings,

We are ready now to return to our look at the 23rd Psalm. To refresh our memories, allow me to recap what we've seen thus far. We have only looked at the first line, 'The Lord is my shepherd.' This line is in essence the entire chapter. David spends the rest of the chapter exegeting this line. We have translated this line to read, 'I AM is shepherding me. This is Abba's covenant name for Himself and the line is in the present tense, and is incredibly personal to David (and all of Abba's children). David wrote this from a cave, running for his life, most likely from his son, Absalom. He has lost everything overnight, and yet is seeing I AM as his shepherd. He is looking through his physical reality to see true Reality. Now we come to the second line, the rest of verse one.

You know how it goes, 'I shall not want.' For many this sounds like a command, one more thing not to do! Wanting is a no no. For some it translates like, 'Thou shall not whine.' Neither of these come close to what I believe David is saying. What he is saying is, 'I lack nothing, or I have everything I need.' David's shepherd ( I AM) is his perfect provider and protector. How Abba is doing as his shepherd is already determined by the shepherd's character, by His goodness and by His commitment to David. David's view of his shepherd is not determined by his circumstances, but by Abba's goodness! This is the relationship Abba desires to have with each of His children- that we base our Reality on Him, not our circumstances. 

Let's spend this week telling our Shepherd that He is Good and thanking Him that we have everything we need for life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3). Let's rejoice and rest in this Reality.

Blessings,

Thomas

 

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

 

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

 

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there will be a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

 

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our  business!

 

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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