Psalm 23 Part 8
— He Is our Blessedness .. Our Benefactor.. I shall not lack any spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). When we read further in the Psalm, we see that God blesses us with more things.
He blesses us ..
— with enemies and the valley of the shadow of death. The Bible tells us in Romans 5 that we should rejoice in tribulation because tribulation produces character. We don’t always see difficulty and tribulation as blessings from God. But that is because we don’t see the final result of tribulations and trials. Difficulties, challenges, tribulations and trials wean us from the pleasures of the world and make us more like Christ. I shall not lack anything that will help me to be conformed into His image..
— with His presence. “I shall fear no evil for You are with Me.” I shall not lack His presence. The whole psalm can be summarized that God will be with us. The greatest blessing God could give us is that He will be with us as indicated in verse 4. That is the best thing of all. With Him, we can do all things. If we abide in Christ and He abides in us, we will spiritually succeed, and we will be able to sit with our enemies around a table and look death and danger in the face and triumph in God!
— with His goodness and mercy. “Surely His goodness and mercy (gesed) will follow me all the days of my life.” I shall not lack His “gesed”- in Hebrew–“His steadfast love.” Apart from the spiritual richness in God, God will give us our temporal necessities. “No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84).
— with eternal life. “And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” I shall not lack the the gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. In John 10:27- 30 Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. I give them everlasting life, and they shall never perish, and no one will pluck then out of My hand. My Father is greater than I and no one will pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” In this passage, God gives us a fourfold promise that He will always to keep us in His hand. God has given us eternal life and that life is in His Son (1 John 5:11-13). I shall not lack the new heavens and the new earth in the age to come!
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack!
The Lord is my Provider: I shall not lack material and spiritual provisions.
The Lord is my Restorer: I shall not lack His restoration and spiritual healing.
The Lord is my Guide; I shall not lack guidance and direction in life.
The Lord is my Protector; I shall not lack His protection and safety and security.
The Lord is my Disciplinarian and Comforter; I shall not lack His discipline and comfort.
The Lord is my Satisfaction and Joy; I shall not lack the fullness and joy of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my Blessedness and Benefactor; I shall not lack spiritual blessings and all that works for my conformity to Christ Jesus.
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not lack! Not In this life and the next!
Praise be to God!!