If you grew up in a typical Ghanaian environment and went to a typical Ghanaian school, then this psalm was a large part of your early morning assembly routine:
“The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall not want….”
But it was several years after I had graduated from high school before I truly understood the power behind the psalm that I could rattle off whilst my teenage mind drifted to unfinished homework.
The book of psalms, particularly the ones David wrote, always gives a glimpse of the intimate relationship that he had with his God. He was a flawed, angry, petty, emotional, adulterous man…but he knew how to turn to his God and beg forgiveness.
And this psalm is a prayer of love and of implicit trust in God’s ability to provide for him in every situation.
It took me a while to learn to put my name in Bible verses and fully claim the promises of God for me.
It took me a while to learn how to trust in what God says He has for me and to trust that He will do it in His time.
I’m a slow learner….but God is working on me and He is positioning me for better.
Now I know what I’m praying for when I say “The Lord is my Shepherd…”
And now I truly believe it.