While we are considered a rich nation, we must honestly admit that there are many people in our society who are “just getting by.” They live marginally. Finances are tight or fixed. Housing options are limited. Health problems dominate their lives. Some do not have good medical care. Some are lonely or isolated. Some live on the very edges of acceptable society. They are “Just Getting By.” Or perhaps “Barely Getting By” would even be more appropriate a description for many.
And still, those who live marginally in our society may still be better off than the populations of many nations around this world who do not have access to even clean water or a secure, stable food system. If we look closely at our world, it may not be such “A Wonderful World” after all.
David, in writing Psalm 23, was not looking at our world, he was looking at his LORD (JEHOVAH, YAHWEH). He saw the amazing promises of God and could boldly proclaim that he lacked nothing. He acknowledged that in his LORD, he was not “just getting by.” In fact, in his LORD, he had bountiful abundance.
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” [Psalm 23:5 HCSB]
David was not the only one to remind us of our richness. Jesus told us that He came to bring us not just life in place of death, but bountiful abundance in place of “just getting by.” “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” [John 10:10b HCSB]
When we come to our LORD Christ Jesus in faith, His grace, His goodness, His love, and His mercy flood our lives with bountiful abundance. It is a promise that begins here and sees its final, eternal fulfillment when we enter into His presence! Glory!