I Shall Not Want (Through the Psalms)


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. ^Psalm 23:1 (Click to read entire Psalm)

Have you ever been so content in your life that the only emotion you felt was gratitude? Your heart was so satisfied that the only thing that came out of your lips were, “Thank you Lord.”

Examine that time. What caused you to be so content with where you were? I can assume, it probably had more to do with the posture of your heart than it did with what you actually had.

Contentment and gratitude happens when the posture of your heart is completely yielded to His desires.

When our hearts are fully yielded into God’s hands, contentment and gratitude overflows like a fountain of joy. 

David is having one of these moments. 

David’s heart is so close to God that he declares, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Wow. What does this mean? By declaring that God is his shepherd, David is announcing that God can lead him however God desires. A shepherd is known for one thing; leading his sheep.

David loves and trusts God so much that he wants to give God complete control over his life. By saying that God is his shepherd, David is submitting himself to the will and leadership of God. 

As a result, he shall not want. What a statement. David is so content and satisfied with the way that God has led his life that he is essentially saying, “God, there is nothing else I want in life. You have been so good to me that there is nothing more I desire. I shall not want...” 

Are you satisfied with Him? 

William ChungComment