20 April 2021 – Psalm 23:1 (NIV)

Scripture

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

Reflection

Growing up as a third-culture kid, a child of political refugees in the United States, we were very much a paycheck to paycheck family. I remember sitting with my dad on his bed as he was paying bills and deciding which bill to pay first that week from the never decreasing stack of bills. But you know what, even though we grew up with less, I never once lacked for anything. There was always food on the table and more than enough for two servings. The electricity never went out and we always had a warm bath. Sure, I wore second hand clothes for much of my young life and never had the cool new thing (video game, bmx bike, skateboard, etc.) but those weren’t essential things so to go without them was not really lacking. To lack is to go without essential things such as food, water, shelter, clothes and family. I had all those and grew up a very happy child. Psalm 23:1 does not promise us that God will provide all the things we ever wanted in life, it does something better, it promises that God will provide all the essential things we need in life

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage
  • How will you respond/apply God’s Word today?
  • Whom will you share with today’s passage or takeaway?

Prayer

Lord we ask you to shield us, our families, our churches, our cities and the nations of the world from the ravages of COVID-19

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Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.