Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need. (NLT)
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. (NIV)
Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want. (KJV)(NASB)(ESV)
(Strongs H2637 “i shall not want” to lack, be without, decrease, be lacking, have a need)
As a child, I was taught everything from the KJV. Being a child, I was at the mercy of my teachers to grasp application. “I shall not want” came across to me as a command, instead a statement of faith to the goodness of God our provider, our Creator.
When I was a small child, memorizing the 23rd Psalm, was applauded. In my head, I could not get past “I shall not want”. I wanted! There was no way to verbalize that at the time, and at any effort, the feeling of condemnation, guilt for wanting/needing paralyzed me. It took me on a path of “not measuring up”, “not being what I was told to be by God”. This was truly my beginning of believing that God had not chosen me…you see…I needed, and I wanted…and it said.. “I shall not want”.
While looking over this with fresh thinking and seeing it all today in the Light of what I know to be true…its meaning is the faith that God will provide all that I need and give me the desires of my heart, as it falls together with HIS plan for me. God wants us to give HIM our needs, and our wants, and HE loves us, all the while knowing how HE has planned to provide. I was not a bad unwanted child in HIS eyes for needing, I was already chosen before the foundations of the earth were spoken into existence.
Wondering how many children, recite this, and are not taught to see the relationship? My God, My Shepherd…who keeps HIS eyes on me, doesn’t let me ever fall so far that HE can not reach me…knows when i need…then provides, sooo that “I shall not want”.
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You know,.. the girl who looks tattered and torn? Maybe covered in tatoos, maybe just not very easy on your eyes…I am sure you have seen her. My question is, how did you respond to her? or if you responded at all?
I wonder how many times Jesus has put her or him in our path and we choose to cross the street, or look else where. Did it even cross our minds to make an eye connection with her/him, and maybe offer a friendly smile? Maybe even say “hey, how are you?” and then stand and listen, maybe offer to pray for them with them, maybe offer to take them to dinner, or invite them in for coffee, and try to extend a friendly hand? Its hard I know…but what a terrible thing it would be if Jesus were disguised, and we rejected HIM..i think about things like that.
I don’t think its good or cool to just ignore these people and call our selves blessed, and go home and write check to our favorite ministry, or sign up for a missions trip and forget the person we pass on the way to the grocery store who holds a sign …”will work for food”..you don’t have to leave the US to find them, they are here. (no kick on missions trips – love them, love the hearts God sends on them) Just wondering…why there are so many stickers and shirts and hats with “what would Jesus do” and not many looking like Jesus? maybe they are not telling us they know, maybe they don’t know what Jesus would do…just my brain….
Are “things” in general changing quickly around you? My life has been changing drastically around me. There has been times that the need to catch my breath and pray “I don’t know what end is up, can you straighten all this out or change me, please”. I think the latter is what HE has chosen to do.
How sweet and awesome is it that we have a GOD who really cares for us? who has a plan for us? who knows the end result, and does not get tired of working on us? Although HE does not change, HE is changing us, changing me, day to day, situation to situation, heart break to heart break…
Thinking today about how HE is limitless, never in need, always sufficient, and yet will wrap me up in HIM, and calm my heart.
Father God, we stand amazed at your Awesomeness! There is none like you. Thank you for always being with us, even when we forget that you are here. Thank you for your faithfulness, love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness. We don’t understand why things happen like they do, and still know that you allow these things to further your plans. Help us to accept that and to trust you. Lord, help our unbelief…we need your peace and your joy to walk through this cursed world, and shine our lights for you. We need our eyes to be fixed on you, to know you more and love you more. Thank you for not getting annoyed with our needy lives, and for wanting to give to us….
I don’t know where you all are at spiritually this morning, but this is where I am at..so sharing a bit of my heart through video and CeCe Winans
We thirst for you..
Hallelujah is the highest praise…
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God has given me a heart for outreach. As I study through the gospels, I see HIM stopping to help people who have not always made a confession of faith, but believe after HIS compassion has touched them. I get hung up on corporate church sometimes because they seem to focus on whether or not someone has made that confession before helping them. Not me! I want them to see something different in me that goes against the world’s thinking, and pray that they will see Jesus in me.
Last night I met a family, for the first time, that God placed right in my hand. Amazing! I talked to the mother briefly on the phone, and she was so open to me, and wanted whatever help I could and would give her. Praise365 and I shopped for them for thanksgiving dinner and some extras to help stock her for a couple days…she lives in a motel efficiency, a small walk in kitchen, a tv and a bed(full size double, no king or queen), two children…one ten, one thirteen. They all live there. She works. The tears just rolled down her cheeks when we gave her the stuff, and when I gave her my number to call me if she needs anything. She has no car, and is dependant on the public bus.
God totally opened this door, and I felt like she were my sister, and I just hugged this stranger, and prayed for her. I have a list of things that her children would like for Christmas, and honestly its a modest list. I am going to reach her soon again, and walk this life with her…at least til God helps her stand in HIM, and gives her wings to fly. The blessing in giving is the most precious sense of God I have ever felt, and I encourage you to find a family to help. If you need help getting started let me know, I will help you find them.
Thank you Lord for placing 19 families this year into hands of families who love you. Please let them see YOU in us. Please hush a mothers heart that just don’t know which way to turn, and help her to look up to you, please lift her head. Comfort her children that they are not forgotten. I know you have a plan. Remembering this thanksgiving how much YOU have given us, and so much we are yet to find out. I applaud you in reminding me that YOU are still on the move, and still stooping down picking up the lost, still hearing hungry children crying, and still feeding them. Thank you Thank you Thank you. Oh LORD there is none like you, loving you with a heart that you gave to me, thank you for lifting me up and lifting my head, and allowing me to help someone else, but most of all to go along with YOU, and watch my Daddy work. Priceless.. Happy Thanksgiving!!
Don’t forget tomorrow is my Guest writer…I have already read it, and it brought me to my knees, thanking God for all that HE has done in my heart and in my life….will be up in the morning…stop by and leave some love…and some holiday cheer!
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I don’t have much, but I have found if I give my little to the Lord, HE will make it much. Reminds me of the story of the feeding of the five thousand. The little boy only had two fish and three loaves of bread, but it fed everyone and enough left over to feed the disciples as well. I have always thought that was amazing.
The Lord has burdened my heart for the country of Bolivia. I was very ignorant to the needs there, and as I looked into it, my heart broke. As in many third world countries, children as disposable. Can you imagine? Leaving them on a doorstep, or at ten years old putting them in the street to work. I really had my eyes opened to these “street children”, and how God is moving through the streets in Cochabamba, Bolivia. DaRonn and Angie Washington have a ministry that they not only do the administrative work, but are also living and working the ministry, in an Orphanage. Rehanna is a friend of thiers and is also working in Bolivia, and reaching out to the street kids. There stories are a beautiful picture of God’s grace in action.
Please consider joining me in giving (even just a little), visit the ministry website here. Jesus said to let the children come to HIM. Be a blessing this holiday season, remembering that we do not go to bed hungry, we know that we are blessed…but blessed to be a blessing. Peace
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