I Shall Not Want

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I’m gobbling up Psalm 23 with a newfound appreciation for these old school verses.

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

The first line stills me and I find myself whispering this phrase under my breath a dozen times a day; thinking of the simple significance of David’s words when I wish for life to go different.

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

I shall not want.

Want. What is want? Want is “to wish for something, to have a desire to posses or do something, to wish for.”

Mmkay, so I basically do this all.day.long.

I want more sleep.
I want a house big enough to fit all our neighbors for a giant mid-week feast.

I want this book proposal to write itself.
I want a round kitchen table that fits perfectly in the windowed banquette.
I want to work out more.
I want answers for our future.
I want my kids to be first time listeners.
I want to cook half as well as my hubby.
I want all the lip glosses my lip gloss pouch can hold, that cute top I saw in the downtown boutique, and drinks on the porch every evening.
I want, I want, I want.

I’m greedy for want and I’m ever-so-aware of how often I think, I want…

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”

He’s my Shepherd. He’s your Shepherd. He’s watching. He’s giving. He’s protecting. He’s orchestrating and surprising and meeting and pursuing. He’s inviting and speaking and leading and caring about our wants. And He is our Shepherd.

He is versus what we want.

Reality versus living in the future.

I’m asking the Divine to replace my wants with a visual of him; tucked up near, my hand in his, feeling the strong grip of his safe hands.

Here, I lack nothing. I’m held.
I may want, but trust outweighs wishing.

Try this today: pay attention to how often you think, I wish or I want… and let the Shepherd bring you back to right now, to what is.

The more we know Him, the less we want everything else.

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  1. Once again, absolutely priceless!!! Your words are gold…and they resonate deeply!!! Love you OH SO MUCH!!! One thing I continue to want: to be in your presence!!! 🙂 xoxo

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