I Shall Not Want – 12/25/20

James Thomas

Psalms 23


“I shall not want”. When I was a toddler, I had eczema on my cheeks. The rashes would make my face really warm, so every morning when I woke up, I put my rosy cheeks on the windows near the front door. I would see the trash truck workers drive by and pick the trash up. I was so jealous. I wanted nothing more than to be on the sides of the trucks, coasting along with the wind flowing through my hair, and of course, pick-up trash. Even though not everyone really aspires to be a trash truck worker when they get older, the unworldliness of a child is what I aspire to have as I continue to grow older every day. There is no worry of what others may think or worry of making a lot of money. Throughout this Psalm, we are shown how God takes care of the needs of our hearts; “He leads me”, “you are with me”, “you prepare”, “you anoint”. A lot of times we find ourselves looking at what WE need to do and WHO we are trying to please. The only thing that we should try and work for is what God wants. “I shall not want” gives me two different perspectives from just one line. It means that all of my needs will be supplied by my Creator. The second meaning is that I will not pursue anything else other than what my God wants for me. Let us remember whose world we are living in, and our roles as followers of Christ is to fulfill the duties given to us by Him. 


Oh Lord, we thank you for caring for us continuously and taking care of us as a shepherd would his flock. Without you we would be lost and scared. Let us not forget that we are your children and that you will supply all that our heart desires; which nothing else on this Earth can give us. Let us not want for anything but you. Thank you for the breath in our lungs and let us use it to spread your love everywhere we go. In your name we pray. Amen.