Without Jesus, You Ain’t Got Jack!


The most important thing to understand about Psalm 23 is that it is about our relationship to the Shepherd. When we get Him, everything else is secondary. If we understand that the blessings in the psalm are a promise from Him, we have to first understand that they come through Him.

Psalm 23: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.     He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.     He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness     for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,     I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,     they comfort me. You prepare a table before me     in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;     my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me     all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Without a relationship with Jesus there is no promise of any blessing. Without Jesus, you ain’t got jack!

Often people spend a lot of time, energy and money seeking to find the “still water”, seeking to get rid of fear and evil in their life.

We want:

  • rest in the green pastures
  • restoration for their soul
  • comfort
  • goodness and mercy

If you take the Shepherd out of the psalm there is no promise of anything. The psalm is about the Shepherd, the person of Jesus.

If we do not know the Good Shepherd there will be no peace in our life, or rest for our soul, or the absence of fear. Without Jesus there is no goodness and mercy, without Jesus there is no comfort.

Jesus loves us too much and wants relationship with us too much to allow our emotional, physical and spiritual needs to be the reason we are coming to Him.

More than wanting to meet our needs, He wants to meet and know us. He wants us to want Him more than we want Him to meet our wants and needs.

We see this connection between receiving Jesus as our Shepherd and receiving the benefits of the Psalm. The benefits and blessings of the psalm are only realized, or made real in and through the Good shepherd, through our relationship with the Good Shepherd.

It is in relationship with him that we find:

  • the “still water”
  • rest in the green pastures
  • restoration for their soul
  • comfort
  • goodness and mercy


When we experience the love of Jesus in our life or experience Jesus caring for us, we want nothing else more than we want Him. And that is when we receive “the still water”, the peace, the rest, the comfort, and complete restoration.

"The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."

What is it you want more than Jesus? Peace, still water, control, comfort, power, relationship, money, sex?

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… anything but YOU.