“I shall not want” Psalm 23:1
I’ve often wondered about this verse. I am pretty sure that I am trusting the Lord as my shepherd and I still want a ton of things. I mean right now for instance after listening to the pitter- patter of little feet outside my hotel door until 3 A.M. (it is now 6) I really want sleep!
So what does this verse mean? The word used for want can also mean diminish, to subtract from. So “I shall not want” can also mean “I shall not be diminished”.
It’s pretty clear that Christians can and do have needs, some of which are never met. Good Christian men and women are starving to death right now across the face of the Earth. Some are in prison and they WANT out. Some are like me, really tired because some rascally youth decided to set off the smoke detector in her room in the middle of the night during youth convention.. But whether or not our needs are met today, tomorrow or in eternity they do not have to diminish or subtract from our faith. If we let the Lord be our shepherd he will provide what is truly needful and if it’s not provided then it’s not really needed no matter what it is. If it’s not needed then it should not diminish us or subtract from who we are or what we were created to be. Nows that’s a heavy revvy that needs some thought!
Where in your life have you wanted something only to realize it was not something God was going to give?