The Psa23:1 – “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.”
The “shall not want” is the Godly contentment of wanting nothing, clarified in Jam1:4.
“Kneeowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
This patient Godly contentment that wants nothing is of great gain, according to 1Tim6:6, and is a reality for the believer because of 2 reasons.
1. Man brings nothing into this world and will bring nothing away when they die (1Tim6:7) is an immutable fact.
The first reason is the realization of the futility of being earthbound by material and relational reasons.
2. The second reason is Psa23:1’s relationship of the Shepherd fulfills all the soul’s and body’s (wanting) desires.
What is the Earthly Life of this Godly Contentment?
1. His grace is sufficient to endure the challenges and human weakness (2Co12:9) and the temporal earthly suffering (Mat5:3-11, 2Co4:16-18).
b. To bear each other burdens to fulfill the Law of Christ (Gal6:2),
c. To avoid evil and do good works of faith (Jam1:22, 1The5:22), and
d. To discipline the body’s desires (1Co9:27)
What are the Motivations to Live Such an Undesirable Earthly Life?
These motivations compensate for the undesirable earthly life and to fulfill the transformed soul’s and body’s wants are –
a. The 1st resurrection of Rev20:6 as a reward (Phil3:10) to rule with Christ in His 1000-year rule and share in His divine nature (2Pet1:4).
b. The eternal rewards of good works of 1Co3.
c. Avoid the 2nd death of Rev20:5, avoid the outer darkness mentioned in the Gospels, and avoid the eternal fate of outside heaven’s gates of Rev22:15.
Without this shepherd relationship, 1Pet2:25 describes the believer as –
“sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop (overseer) of your souls.”
The realization of the futility of being earthbound and an intimate relationship with the Lord as the Shepherd are the foundations to live the life of wanting nothing in Godly contentment.
The motivations support this realization and Shepherd’s intimate relationship with the Lord.