Some 23rd Psalm: Goodness & Mercy – Re. Gary Hilton – Gen. 2:9, 16-17; Ps. 22:1-2; Ps. 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…for thou art with me…” the famous line from Psalm 23, acknowledging fulness and fulfillment in God’s presence and provision. But how many times does our faith reflect this feeling…how often do we make our faith contingent on how much we get from God or how much we know about God? Faith is not attained when we understand everything about God, nor is it sustained by what we get God to do for us; faith is strengthened when we are left with no choice but to trust what is revealed to us about God – in good times and in bad. We see this evidence itself through Psalms 22 and 23, as the psalmist, King David, comes to a greater realization of faith while suffering great things. He cries out in desperation, feeling as though God has forsaken him, a feeling that we can all relate to. And as David works through this hardship, he reminds himself of the truths he knows about God: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” and then makes the pivotal transition to talking to God and acknowledges how God continues to be with him. Let us take David’s cue, remind ourselves that God is always with us, guiding us and protecting us – and in all season of life say; “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…for you are with me.”