…I shall not want
The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
I was just reading, and it hit me like a ton of bricks, or like a V8- commercial! Whop! Right upside the head!
The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.
All of my life I have assumed (or been lead to believe) that this means: you are a Christian, you shouldn’t ask for or want anything…just be glad that you’re saved and feel lucky that you have food. (and something along the lines of: You miserable sinner why would you think you could want for more.)
BUT today…as I read this it struck me totally differently. The Lord my God my amazing wonderful creator, who is the God of plenty says I shall not want.
What is the definition of want? According to the dictionary, the word “want” means:
- to feel a need or a desire for; wish for
- to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire
- to be without or be deficient in
- to fall short by (a specified amount)
- to require or need
So after looking at this, that passage means something COMPLETELY different than I have ever realized!!!! I shall not need anything; I shall not wish for anything, I shall not be without, I shall not be deficient, I will not require or be in need. In other words, all of my needs shall be met.
ALL OF MY NEEDS SHALL BE MET! Did you get that?
God knows what kind of world we live in and He knows the “supplies” that we need to be able to live in this world. This includes, food, healthy, water, and… money. We cannot function in this world right now without money. So, if God is telling us “we shall not want”, why are so many of us trapped in poverty?
I think there are two reasons; Either 1.) You’re not asking OR 2.) We don’t believe we are worthy.
Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Read this again, and look at all the details: Green pastures, still waters, righteousness, no fear, a table prepared just for you, anointed with oil, MY CUP RUNNETH OVER, goodness follows me………… What do all of those things have in common? PROSPERITY, ABUNDANCE, PLENTY.
I feel like it is time for us to start really understanding and claiming our worth and value. I can’t find anything in the Bible that tells us we should be poor, miserable and broke! Our personal level of success/income/happiness comes down to what we believe about and for ourselves.
What are your limiting beliefs? What do you truly believe about your worth? Do you believe that the Lord will provide, but He’ll only provide just enough to get you by? Take an honest look about your true core beliefs and you’ll see a direct reflection in your life’s circumstances.
I’ve told my kids often “You are the son/daughter of a King. Act like it and expect to be treated as such.” When I tell them this, it is a reminder to be honorable, loving, caring, respectful and then also to expect to be treated in return with the same. (Now generally I would use this statement as a reminder when it comes to girlfriend/boyfriend situations…LOL. BUT I see today how much that is relevant to everything in life.
Claim your truth. Claim your “inheritance”. Playing small, staying poor and broke, doesn’t bring glory to God. It’s time to start tapping into the miracles that are available to you.
till next time,