The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1 KJV)
Can you imagine telling 2-year-olds that they “shall not want”?
They do want! They want candy bars at the store. They want their siblings’ toys. They want doughnuts for dinner. A child wants a lot of things, but a parent can say “no” if it’s something the child doesn’t need.
As grown-ups, we have “wants,” too. And sometimes our wants are not so different (bring on the chocolate!). But we have a Heavenly Father who can say “no” too.
Just like a 2-year-old, we don’t always get what we want, but 2 Peter 1:3 says, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.”
When life gets stressful we may think we really need that chocolate bar! But the Lord knows what we really need. He’s aware of the stresses and messes of our lives, and he knows when we’re hungry, tired, or afraid. He hears our cries for help. He carries us when we are too weak to go on. He searches for us when we become hopelessly lost.
God shepherds us with love as “the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).
He knows that our deepest wants are our needs.
Life is exhausting—we need rest. Life is chaotic—we need peace. Life is lonely—we need love. Life is difficult—we need help!
God answers our wants by promising us exactly what we need.
The Lord is our shepherd. We shall not want.
What is your deepest “want” today?
“The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows.
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely, your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life,
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.”
Heavenly Father, our Lord and Shepherd, hear the “wants” of our hearts today and give us everything we need!
May the Lord give you all you need today,
Linda chats about red shoes, the chicken dance, and her daily life trying to display God’s glory at her blog: Sunny Side Up
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