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Psalm 23: A Model for Living! (2)

In my last post, I introduced the idea of looking at Psalm 23 as a model for living and suggested that David reveals four values by which he conducted his life. Following is the first value.

First, David shares with us, “I find my ultimate satisfaction in the Lord” (period!) Now, David worded this a bit differently. He said, “Because the Lord is my shepherd, I have everything I need!” The “quiet waters” and “green grass” that God gives me—those are just a bonus! But the real reward and riches are in knowing Him! “I find my satisfaction in the Lord.”

The apostle Paul expressed the same thing when he declared, “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” (Philippians 3:8)

Jesus referred to this first value in the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price. The Lord is that “treasure” hidden in a field for which we with joy “sell” everything else in order to “obtain.” The Lord is that “pearl” of inestimable value for which we had searched and now forfeit all else to “own.”

The first value for living: “I find my satisfaction in the Lord.” He is my desire and my delight!

© 2012 Rob Fischer