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Psalms 23:1

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 1 [This Psalm is one of the most familiar Psalms in the Bible. We read its very beautiful words. From it, we hear an indication of good things. It comforts us in times of trouble. Yet we don't have a clue as to what it is really saying. To show the true gospel, the true hope, the true salvation — all described in the incredible meaning of the words of David speaking from the Spirit of God, I have commented on every verse, some in the footnotes below.]

    The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not lack anything needed.1 [The LORD is my shepherd: the Lord Jesus Christ leads me with his Spirit: his word and light in my heart. He prompts me what to do, where to go, what to say, when to say it. He gently corrects me when needed. Because he teaches me, I know more than my teachers, Psa 119:99-103. I shall not lack anything needed. Because he is my shepherd, I will never lack anything that I genuinely need. The promise is that if you seek the kingdom as your first priority, all your needs will be met; but everyone has to be honestly employed, which is what he helps people obtain — so that is the way he sees to it that your needs are met.]

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1 It is a blessed thing for a man to know within himself, and from a living experience to be able to say, The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not lack anything needed. Such men have witnessed, (experienced), the truth of the sayings of Christ Jesus: my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow [obey] me, and I give them eternal life, so that they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my Father's hand, John 10:27-28. It is as this voice is heard, obeyed, and followed that a leading out of that state, where the lacks (wants) are, into the green pastures, where the true and safe feedings are; where is the lying down in valley, where none can make afraid; where the bread is sure and the water does not fail, (from The Experiences of a True Christian, by William Shewen, a kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker in 1683).

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