I Shall Not Want


There’s one BIG scripture of four little words which is sometimes tough to adhere to, but a blessing to remember. A reminder for when we count our blessings: “I SHALL NOT WANT”…

Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I SHALL NOT WANT...” 

As David writes and surely sang, is a reminder to get what we need from the Lord and realize He has been providing all along. Worldly possessions won’t forever pacify us. He provides preparations, provisions, protections, purposes, pastures, paths, placements and PEACE. Our cups overflow… (Note there is One PEACE for all, not peaces)…

I’ve not been perfect in realizing this myself because I am human and we tend to get hung up on the small stuff, we clash with people who should be on the same page, or at least resting in the same green pastures of Peace. We wander away from the Shepherd too. We get jealous not just of others and their fortunate circumstances (the grass always seems greener) but we get jealous of the lives we think we SHOULD have had for ourselves.  We are jealous of what we want in unbrokenness, frustrated with ourselves sometimes. We should be ambitious but not jealous. 

Perhaps (definitely) we need to shift our eyes and REFOCUS ON THE LORD. If we are not so willing to accept hardships as challenges to overcome by ourselves, let’s try doing so WITH the Lord. If we don’t want to walk through these valleys of the “shadow of death”, then don’t stop and sightsee the situation, REFOCUSon the Lord!!! He Leads… 

We forget we are not walking alone… We should remember to ride under God’s Wing. We shall not want…

Jealousy of a life without God’s leading is no life at all.

Keep looking at the Lord. FOLLOW. WALK. REST. KNOW.



Psalm 23 – a psalm of David. (KJV and NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 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. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 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.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, FOR YOU ARE WITH ME; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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