Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year by advertising agencies to convince us of what our needs are. But if you’re like me, we don’t need any help making up needs. My ‘felt’ needs creep in and exercise a kind of tyranny all by themselves.

And what about our list of wants? They can take a day like Thanksgiving and twist it into Black Friday faster than we can say “indigestion!”

But God knows our real needs (Matthew 6:8) and cares deeply for His children. And He even keeps our desires in mind (1 Timothy 6:17).

So when we sing Psalm 23 and say, “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want,” we’re not saying He will meet my every desire. A more accurate translation for this old English phrase is “The Lord is my shepherd, therefore I will not lack anything.”

What if we let Him define our needs? What if we ask Him to free us from deceptive desires so that instead we want what He wants? It’s a freedom that brings true joy because, in the end, God’s children get God Himself, the greatest of all His gifts.

Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)

Salmo 23, NVI

1 El Señor es mi pastor, nada me falta;
2 en verdes pastos me hace descansar.
Junto a tranquilas aguas me conduce;
3 me infunde nuevas fuerzas.
Me guía por sendas de justicia
por amor a su nombre.
4 Aun si voy por valles tenebrosos,
no temo peligro alguno
porque tú estás a mi lado;
tu vara de pastor me reconforta.
5 Dispones ante mí un banquete
en presencia de mis enemigos.
Has ungido con perfume mi cabeza;
has llenado mi copa a rebosar.
6 La bondad y el amor me seguirán
todos los días de mi vida;
y en la casa del
habitaré para siempre.

Psalm 23, ESV

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

More scripture

Psalm 100 (Reasons to thank God)

Matthew 6:19-34 (Don’t worry about having enough)

John 10:1-18 (Good Shepherd)

Romans 8:38-39 (no matter what happens in this brief life, nothing can separate God’s children from Him and His love… His love that is ‘better than life’ (Psalm 63:3))

How about you?

What is a desire or felt need that you have that you could entrust to the One who loves you more than you know?