“The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want…” (Psalm 23:1)
The shepherd psalm of David is loved by God fearing Jews and all those who follow Jesus Christ whatever denominational labels they may wear. One reason for this is that the opening words of the psalm state a philosophy of life that has been, and is believed, by those who believe in God. David goes on to write that when we can say the opening words of this psalm we can say we have all the blessings he presents metaphorically in this ancient hymn of praise.
The psalm could be paraphrased: “When the Lord is my Shepherd I have green pastures, still waters, the restoration of my soul, the comfort that results from knowing He is guiding me and protecting me, a table of provision in the middle of all my enemies (or problems), and a cup that runs over and never empties.”
Even if you have never thought about it we all have a philosophy of life that determines how we live out our life in this world. David is telling us that the opening words of this psalm are an invincible philosophy of life because they lead to the blessings in life we all seek. This has been my philosophy of life for many decades. If you don’t have this mindset I emphatically recommend it to you.