David was a shepherd boy who grew up to be a king of God’s people.
This is the first verse of probably the most famous Psalms. People who have never read the Bible or even visited a church have heard at least some of this Psalm. It is traditionally read at graveside services and even engraved on headstones. This verse uses the familiar shepherd image to describe God. The shepherd’s job is to care for the sheep, to keep them safe, to make sure they had adequate water, and good grass to eat. This verse says that because the Lord is my shepherd and I will not want for anything. Because He is my shepherd, He cares for me and takes care of all my needs. I want for nothing because He Loves me.
In those days, Saul and his army of Israelites were fighting against the Philistines. Jesse’s three oldest sons went with Saul into battle and Jesse’s youngest son, David, remained at home tending sheep.
One day, Jesse came to David and said, “Take this bread to your brothers and bring this cheese to the field officer.”
David set out on his errand. He reached the camp just as the Israelites headed into battle against the Philistines. David rushed to his brothers in the battle line. Just as he arrived at the line, the Philistine champion, named Goliath, shouted at the Israelites.
When the Israelites saw this man, they retreated, very much afraid. They said to David, “Do you see this man? He comes to insult Israel. If anyone should kill him, the king would give him great wealth and his daughter as well.”
When David’s brother, Eliab, heard him speaking with the men, he grew angry with David and said, “Why did you come here? With whom did you leave the sheep? I know your arrogance and evil intent. You came here to enjoy the battle!”
David replied, “What have I done now? I was only talking.”
Saul heard that David was asking about the Philistine champion, so he sent for David. David came to Saul and said, “Do not let your majesty lose courage. I am at your service to go and fight this Philistine.”
Saul answered David, “You cannot go against this Philistine. You are only a youth. Goliath has been a warrior since his youth.”
Then David said to Saul, “I tend my father’s sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear comes, I attack it and rescue the sheep. The Lord who delivered me from the claws of a lion and a bear will also keep me safe from this Philistine.”
David picked up five small stones and put them in his shepherd’s bag. And with his sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine.
The Philistine then moved to meet David. David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone. He hurled it at Goliath with his sling. The stone struck the Philistine in the forehead, and he fell prostrate on the ground.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they fled.
Saul then asked his general, Abner, “Whose son is that boy?”
Abner replied, “I have no idea.”
So when David returned from killing Goliath, Abner took him to Saul. Saul then asked David, “Whose son are you?”
David answered, “I am the son of Jesse of Bethlehem.”
We are all created for a purpose! What is yours?
Why was David so special? There are many answers that could be given that would not be wrong: David was courageous, he was passionate for The Lord, he was obedient to The Lord, he was a worshipper of God, he was repentant when he sinned, he had great character, and he had a zeal for building The Lord a house. And you? What draws you out from the crowd?
We all have dreams. Sometimes they’re big. Oftentimes they’re too small. But sometimes, amidst the broken washer and the missed deadline, the dirty diapers and the lonely nights, we lose sight of those dreams and feel like our lives are an endless cycle of wake-run-crash-repeat.
We shall go for a stroll through The Word; take notes and take a knee. Bow, lay out, seek/search and ask. IT is promised by The Creator of ALL, Amen.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Heb. 11:6)
I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. (Psalms 81:10)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps. 84:11)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt. 6:33)
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. (Prov. 10:3)
He who did not spare His Own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! (Eph. 3:20)
The Lord is my Rock and my Fortress and my Deliverer, my God, my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Ps. 18:2)
Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. (Gen. 22:8)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Cor. 12:9)
For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)
Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything. (Gen. 9:3)
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek The LORD lack no good thing. (Ps. 34:10)
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Mt. 21:22)
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask The Father in My name, He may give it to you. (Jo. 15:6)
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. And thereby put Me to the test, says The LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of Heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Mal. 3:10)
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. … (Mt. 6:25-34)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Mt. 7:7-8)
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Eph. 3:16-17)
Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that The Father may be glorified in The Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. (Jo. 14:13-14)
If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)
And whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:22)
But The Helper, The Holy Spirit, Whom The Father will send in My name, He will teach you ALL things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (Jo. 14:26)
But according to His promise we are waiting for new Heavens and a new Earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Pet. 3:13)
The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand; You satisfy the desire of every living thing. (Ps. 145:15-16)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8)
For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9)
We can memorize these. Live them! They were written for a REASON! Just as you are Created for A reason. Find it and live it. It is YOUR purpose!
We start to pray in realization of ALL that is done for each of us!
Lord, I thank You for keeping me safe, for taking care of all my needs. With You as my shepherd, I will never want for anything. You keep me safe and You make sure I have everything I need. Amen.