Devotional for Monday, April 27
Our devotionals this week are all from the 23rd Psalm, “A Psalm of David,” considered in small meditative bites.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
What a beautiful opening. But is this what we really believe?
One of the most difficult mindsets to achieve in this life is contentment, the ability to say, “My needs are covered.” And as the psalmist is trying to tell us, there is but one place to find contentment.
By calling the Lord “shepherd,” we say we trust God to care for our needs. We declare that what he gives us will be enough.
We understand the folly of listening to other voices, worldly shepherds telling us, “It’s really better over here. Happiness is on my side of the fence.”
False shepherds call to us for their own selfish reasons. Perhaps they need our votes or they need us to consume for their own profit, regardless of whether our consumption is good for us. Follow them, and in the end we likely find ourselves used up and alone.
It is best to be content in the care of the one who loves us so much that he will seek us out wherever we are.
Lord, help me to count my many blessings today and rejoice in what I find. Amen.