I shall not lack.
Psalm 23 in the Amplified Bible reads “THE LORD is my shepherd [to feed, guide and shield me]; I shall not lack.” More commonly the verse is known by the King James versions that say “want” instead of “lack”. The meaning is of course the same, but I like “lack” because I find that when you say lack the meaning becomes that much clearer. It is written down so clearly there - I shall not lack anything because Jesus is my shepherd.
What does a shepherd do for his flock? The Amplified Bible puts it well too - “to feed, guide and shield me” it says. Apart from these three things, what else does a sheep need? Food? Done. Guidance so it wont go astray? Done. Protection from predators and the dangers out there? Done. A sheep with a good shepherd will never lack anything, because a good shepherd provides his flock with everything they could ever need, leaving no room for lack.
I also love the CEV version of this verse - “You, Lord, are my shepherd, I will never be in need.”
I will never be in need! Does that mean I will never have needs? No! It doesn’t say that. It says I will never be IN need, meaning that my needs will not have dominion over me, because Jesus is my provider. We are human, we will always have needs. We need food, water, rest, love, and protection, among other things, just to survive. But Jesus meets all these needs. He is the sole provider for all our needs, and unlike suppliers here on earth, his supply will never fail. He will never tell you - “Sorry, i’m a little low on stocks here, can you try again tomorrow?”. His supply is never ending, and is ready to meet your every need and lack. Whatever it is.
If you lack courage, don’t pray for Jesus to give you courage, declare that Jesus IS your courage. If you are facing financial difficulties, declare that Jesus is your provision. If you are suffering from a broken heart and need healing, declare that Jesus is your comfort, your hiding place, and the mender of your heart. There isn’t a single lack in this world that Jesus cannot meet. <3
"Because the LORD is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!" - Living Bible
I love this verse so so much, and I hope it blesses you today!