Finding God is enough. Ps.23:1
God is my shepherd, I shall not want.
“Enough is being contented, not wanting anything else but know that all you need and won’t have been fulfilled.”
“Cukup itu merasa penuh, tidak menginginkan apa-apa lagi yang lain, karena mengetahui semua yang diperlukan dan dibutuhkan sudah terpenuhi.”
I lack nothing, Jesus is enough for me. David wrote this Ps. 23:1 when he was still out in the wild by himself as a little boy. He didn’t write this when he had become the King over Judah or even the King over Israel.
Ps.23:1 God is my shepherd, I shall not want.
It really says that God is my Shepherd, He is ENOUGH for me. I have been contented by Him alone, I do not want anything else because I know that all I need and I have been fulfilled by His presence and love ONLY.
Before David wrote this, he lacked everything. And after he wrote this, he was still lacking everything. The difference, now he found God as the one that filled the gap in his life. That’s what we all need the most!
He found the Lord in the outcast at the very beginning stage of his life. It is important to follow these early steps: having a different heart to love God.
- Moses in Hebrew 11:23 showing a calm face in a distress situation. He had faith in God that God would deliver him even he was still a baby and was born in a slave family.
- Jesus in Luke 2:1 was born in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. (Other translation: pieces of unused clothes that were sewed together. Another translation: cloth of the grave.) He didn’t put his sense of security in wealth: what the money can buy – comfort home, hygiene environment, a good doctor or medical help. He was born into a poor family, not rich. Into a stable, animal housing.. not a fine hospital. Laid in a manger, not in a baby crib. He had faith in God which would bless him despite he was born in a family that couldn’t afford him anything. For Jesus, God is enough!
Look at what David was against when he found God as his shepherd:
- Ps.27:10 and Ps. 22:10 rejection, loneliness. As a little boy, his parents didn’t want him. He was not his parent’s pride. They assigned him on his very early ages to tend and shepherd 2-3 sheep only, out in the field by himself. 1 Samuel 17:34 – He was and should be always the One that fills the gap that was there cause all the afflictions. God + no company. Eliab: when fear subdued you.. you tended to think a brave one as the arrogance one. Fear caused you to think you have the “wisdom”. Verse 34. Eliab, a great looking man 1 Samuel 16:6, had a heart of a chicken. The strength of a man would not help you in times of trouble. Many of us who said God is the first to rely actually never depend on Him truly. As the one that put Him as the first always have a second or third plan, always has a backup. We need to pray to let Him make us depending on Him solely. It is not God + muscle/power/wealth = success. It is God + 0 = success.
- 1 Samuel 17:34 lion and bear – David is the only other guy in the Bible that defeated a Lion beside Samson. And he did it even without the gift of power and strength. He was and should always be the strength and help in times of need. The courage in times of fear. God + no power, nor human strength = victory.
- 1 Samuel 17:1 Goliath – A giant, 10 feet tall. Instill FEAR. Fear limits us.
Small stone, the Word of God.. strikes into the mind.
He is the One that fights for us and He will deliver us from the war but not from the very weapon of war: sword. But by His name, because He is enough! God + no swordGoliath, breaking the grip of fear. Goliath, spreading the fear, threatening and insulting. Fear, worries, scare. Fear will trap you and paralyze you. He was killed in the forehead by a sling of a stone. The mind is where the fear will strike, caused numb and stroke into you. The Word of God needs to strike into the fearful mind, one shot only will put down the giant of fear into the ground! God + no sword = victory.A small and smooth stone, speaks about the process someone received in fulfilling God’s promises. Someone that passed the process and test from the Lord is able to knock down the giant in life. Do not reject God’s process, because God’s process will strip everything and anything that do not belongs to God in you. John 15:2, someone who has found the Lord is enough for him.
- King Saul and the Israel Kingdom. God’s process started when David needed to face his last enemy. Discipline and self-control were required in facing this enemy. The very skill David got is the fighting skill he had, and to win this battle he was not supposed to use it. He was restricted to touch the anointed one from the Lord. God was enough for him, he would not need to use this very skill he got to defeat Saul the King. God + no expertise, nor skill = success.
I learned this in a hard way as well: God + no brain. My expertise and skillful with computer is the one that actually feeds my stomach and family now. And it comes from above, through lots of prayer and sacrifice. I recently visited my relatives, they had a brilliant son that graduated from Berkley. Died young, heart attack.
It does need lots of discipline to keep choosing Him and relying on Him. And it is much more difficult when you have all the things you need. Not when you got nothing. Blessed the one that was born with nothing and cursed is the one that actually has everything. Learning to let go is much more difficult than used to have nothing in life.
Are you still finding Him enough for you?