I went to the devotion time Wednesday morning at Living Way and one of the students from the agricultural training program chose this Psalm to read. It is one of the most popular set of verses in the entire Bible and certainly not ones unknown to most of us in the room. Psalm 23 has six verses, but for the life of me I couldn’t get my mind past the first one today. The question I kept coming back to was, “Why did it say ‘want’ instead of ‘need’”?
Is there even a distinction between those two words anymore for most of us? I know I can’t even come close to counting how many times I have said I needed something when in reality it was nothing more than a want. I am sure anyone reading this has done the same. Living and serving here though has changed my perspective drastically. Not to say I don’t still regularly attribute a want as a need, but when you are surrounded by people who live and exist on so much less you understand better the division between the two. For instance I may want my sandwich to be made with ham, turkey, cheese, tomato, avocado, bacon, slightly toasted and with light mayo, but I doubt any of you would believe that to be a need in order for me to not go hungry. I need shelter, but my want might be for it to have 2-3 bedrooms, running water, electricity and nice conveniences. You get the point.
So when you find those moments of clarity where you can really distinguish the difference between the two you understand better the power in that verse. Not only can God provide for your needs according to His plan, will and definition, but can also quench your wants. However, in order for that to occur you have to be willing to give your life to him and allow him to shepherd your whole being. And through that, the places in your heart that have been consumed by the wants of the world will surely be replaced by something far greater, sustainable and fulfilling.