Before I set off on a journey, I check that I haven’t forgotten anything. For some years I have kept a check-list containing all that I needed on every journey, until last week when I forgot to pack my toothbrush.
Funny right? But it isn’t. Failing to pack what we essentially need for every journey can be overwhelming and exhausting. The ability to go through our check-list always proves to be useful if you travel a lot as I do. Before we go on any trip, we should go through the different things we have enlisted to make sure nothing is missing in our luggage.
David did that, but he took it a step further. He describes the various needs people have on their life’s journey, could be compared with such a list. But has it struck you how he preceded? He does not go through all that is necessary to establish finally that nothing is missing.
David began with a vital fact: “The Lord is my shepherd”, immediately adding his conclusion: “I shall not want.” Isn’t that remarkable? For David, riches do not consist in the Lord’s provision of his various requirements, even though that is also true. What is decisive for him is that the Lord is his shepherd: he has a personal relationship with the Lord: he knows the Good Shepherd, and that suffices for him to b able to say: “I shall not want.”
This great benefit, this personal relationship to the Good Shepherd is still possible for all even today. While it is good we double check our check-list before we embark on any journey, let’s also ensure that having the Good Shepherd on our list is number one.
If we are one with Christ through faith, we have been “enriched in everything by him” see -(1 Corinthians 1:5). Christ is then our Lord and our shepherd, and we belong to him. Having this knowledge is enough to make a person happy, including me. When you have Christ in your check-list, you can confidently look to the future.
Blessings and Love ❤️