Scripture of the Day
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. (
God is not, in fact, a “lord” at all. The use of “Lord” in the Hebrew Scriptures is a convention by which the proper name of God is replaced. The proper name of God, in fact, is no longer written in full, the vowels having long been removed to caution people from speaking it out loud. “YHWH” does not refer to lordship, but rather to being. As explained to Moses “I am who I am” or “I will be who I will be.” God is not a high distant king; no, God is a shepherd — guide, guard, companion, and midwife. Therefore, I shall not want. Maybe less because all that I desire has already been provided, but because I choose to not want. I choose to give thanks for what I have.
God, you be my shepherd and I will be your sheep. I will go where you lead me. I will drink the waters you provide. I will feast when your command allows it. I will obey the sound of your voice. I will take pleasure in my place among the flock of your care. Amen.