Scripture Reading: Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Lord—Yahweh, Jehovah. Literally—the self-existent one. He Jewish national name of God. Shepherd—pasture, tend, graze. Want—lack, be without, have a need.
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
Satisfying of soul—gives life, fullness, has enough, serves to add to whole self. For the wicked, their appetites are never fulfilled, they never have enough.
And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.6 Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.7 For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.
--Israel certainly had their problems in the Wilderness, but it wasn’t God’s doing; it was theirs.
--God sets up boundaries, don’t take what God hasn’t given you and has specifically given to others. Esau already has land with cities!
Lord has blessed thee—they have enough to buy what they need, no need to attack people and take it. The Lord provides sometimes in battle, sometimes in just buying stuff.
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Want—falling short, poverty. He is not currently in need, not trying to get a response out of pity.
I have learned—others can be discontented, but I have learned not to be.
Content—self-sufficient, don’t need others. His mental/spiritual state is not dependent on external circumstances, not blaming others or dependent on them to buck him up. Not Stoic self-dependence, but enablement by Christ.
Abased—made low, levelled, depressed, humbled. Abound—Superabound, excel. Knows how to handle abundance and lack. Contentment isn’t just getting rid of stuff. The amount of stuff doesn’t matter.
Instructed—initiated, found the secret. Something the world doesn’t know how to do without freaking out and blaming others and looking to others to rescue them. Paul has a shepherd!
Full/hungry, abound/suffer need—going back and forth repeatedly,
I can do all things—I have strength in Christ for any situation. Triumphal because nothing can beat him; humble because it’s all from Christ! Not the greatness of Paul, but of Paul’s Shepherd.
Strengtheneth—empowers, enables, infuses me with power.
1 Timothy 1:!2—Christ has enabled me for ministry
Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious [jealous] against the workers of iniquity.2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Fret—hot, furious, burn, angry. Don’t get ticked when evil people prosper.
Like the grass—short-lived, no true substance. Gone by winter.
Trust—have confidence in, be secure.
Delight—be pampered, have soft luxury. Includes happiness and merriment.
Commit—to roll, run down. Roll yourself on God! He will make it happen.