Are you discontent? Do you frequently find yourself grumbling before God, or complaining that He’s not good enough to you? Can you genuinely indict Him of anything less than providing an abundance of blessings? Or, do you recognize that He’s the One who gives you everything that’s good in your life—that He provides not only what you genuinely need, but also so much more?
“You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need. You let me rest in fields of green grass. You lead me to streams of peaceful water, and you refresh my life. You are true to your name, and you lead me along the right paths. I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me, and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe. You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows. Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord.” (Psalms 23:1-6 CEV)
King David penned this Psalm, and it evidences well his personal knowledge of God; his relationship. I love it, because it clearly reveals God’s love for us, much as that of a good shepherd toward his sheep. For myself, personally, though, I feel that we are more like little newborn birds sitting with our mouths wide open, that God drops blessing after blessing into!
Please don’t misunderstand; I’m not a Rockefeller or a Trump—I didn’t come from the 1%; we don’t own a successful business, or have massive investments, or lucrative careers. We really are just regular people, not unlike so many others in our world. Yet I never cease to be amazed at how truly incredibly merciful and good God is to us—financially and in every other way!
Because God really is generous. If you know and love Him, He gives so much more than you deserve, or even need—He is abundant with His blessings! Psalms 84:11 explains,
“Our Lord and our God, you are like the sun and also like a shield. You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right.” (Psalms 84:11 CEV)
He is our light; He shows us—illuminates, like the sun does—what is right and good. And He is a shield, protecting us from error and evil; when we hide behind His Word—in Him—we are safe. He does not deny us any good thing.
Yet, “…the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.” (Psalms 34:16 NIV) I point this out not from condemnation but love, to any who may consider this. Remember that setting yourself up against Him sets you up against His favor, a position we should never place ourselves in!
Let’s read more of the Psalm this verse comes from:
“I sought the LORD and he answered me. He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to God will shine; their faces are never ashamed. This suffering person cried out: the LORD listened and saved him from every trouble. On every side, the LORD’s messenger protects those who honor God; and he delivers them. Taste and see how good the LORD is! The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy! You who are the LORD’s holy ones, honor him, because those who honor him don’t lack a thing. Even strong young lions go without and get hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Do you love life; do you relish the chance to enjoy good things? Then you must keep your tongue from evil and keep your lips from speaking lies! Turn away from evil! Do good! Seek peace and go after it! The LORD’s eyes watch the righteous, his ears listen to their cries for help. But the LORD’s face is set against those who do evil, to eliminate even the memory of them from the earth. When the righteous cry out, the LORD listens; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous have many problems, but the LORD delivers them from every one. He protects all their bones; not even one will be broken. But just one problem will kill the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be held responsible.” (Psalms 34:4-10, 12-21 CEB)
God is so truly generous to His children—to us, when we don’t insist on rebelling against Him. Yet just as as a rational father would not give his infant a sharp knife or loaded gun, He will not give us that which would hurt us, regardless of how much we cajole or plead with Him. So when we ask for that which we do not get, we frequently conclude He did not love us enough, or care enough to give us our heart’s desire, when if fact it was because He loves us more than we can imagine that he kept the glittery harm from us. Ultimately, we need to trust Him. We need to trust that God has our best interest in mind and “will not deny any good thing to those who live right.”
So, are you discontent? Do you feel God is not good enough to you? Or do you recognize that He’s the One who gives you everything that’s good in your life—even to the point of making,“…the sun rise on both good and bad people. And…send[ing] rain for the ones who do right and for the ones who do wrong.” (Matthew 5:45 CEV) He is our Shepherd, whose “kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life!”
May we live in Your house, in Your presence, forever! Amen.