Your Rod and Your Staff

The LORD is my shepherd;
I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me to water in places of repose;
He renews my life;
He guides me in right paths
as befits His name.
Though I walk through a valley of deepest darkness,
I fear no harm, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff–they comfort me.

You spread a table for me in full view of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my drink is abundant.
Only goodness and steadfast love shall pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for many long years.

David, king of Israel in Psalm 23 (JPS Tanakh)


David was a very wise man. People who claim that this man did not exist have not properly understood the Psalms attributed to him. I can tell as plain as day by reading the man’s words that a single individual wrote at least the vast majority of the Psalms attributed to him, and for good reason. I have no good reason, whatsoever, to believe that David did not actually exist, and was not exactly as he was described in the Bible, as far as it is possible for me to understand it. This is a fact that I must necessarily accept about “Scripture.” It’s not that it’s true. It’s that it is truth.

Scripture is God loving us through language. He wrote a book for us to understand Him.

Go read it.

Any book that does not show the pure and unadulterated, radical LOVE of the Perfect, Infinite, and Almighty Creator of all things that have ever, will ever, and currently exist cannot be of God. Any book that is inspired by the presence of this very Being is by necessity Scripture. Holy texts exist in far more contexts than you may think. However, I’m getting off track.

David was a very wise man, indeed. David understood something about the nature of God. David understood that “[If] the Lord is my shepherd, [then] I lack nothing.” This is a logical syllogism, friends. This is not a simple statement of belief. This is a fact of life itself and you must take it to the core of who you areIf you have God, you lack nothing.

Nothing at all. And therefore, the following proceeds to also be true about your life. You are not to seek to make your life look like these things and then you will have the Lord as your shepherd, once you lack nothing.

That’s false logic. That’s not thinking charitably about the argument that David is making to you, about the claim that David believes and is attempting to convince you of.

David believes that God is the only thing he will ever need. Therefore, because David has the Lord, David can boldly state that “If I have God [e.g. EVERYTHING], then I lack nothing!”

David was a very wise man. He found the pearl of great price. He found the light that you can’t hide. He found the city on a hill. He found the love that you can’t stop talking about, not because you have to force yourself to do so, but because it is so amazing you can’t help but do so.

Believe, and you will find God. Seek the things of this life, and you will find nothing.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God, and its righteousness [not just the righteousness or the Kingdom, but both; spirit and truth], and all of these things will be added to you.”

Test God in this and see what happens.

Trust me, or at the very least, trust David. Because, as I stated so many times before, and can’t reiterate enough–my central claim is not that God exists in this post. My central claim is this:

David was an incredibly wise man.

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