The right wanting


“The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall not want”
(Psalm 23:1)

Most people in the world want more. Some live in abject poverty and want more of the basic essentials of life. Others live comfortably or in extreme wealth and want more wealth, more power, more recognition, more excitement, more pleasure and more love. Whatever the level of our wanting one thing is certain – the world can never satisfy our longings and cravings. There will always be that aching need inside for ‘something more.’

Yet Scripture makes some wonderful promises. The Psalmist tells us that with the Lord as our Shepherd we shall not want. Jesus calls for those who are thirsty to come to Him and promises the lonely, outcast woman at the well ‘living water’ after which she would not thirst again.

Again the Psalmist helps us to see the truth.

  • “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2)
  • “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)

Whether we perceive it or not the essential longing in the depths of each one of us is not for things but for God. Possessions, pleasure and power may distract us, but they will never satisfy us. Only God can give us the value, acceptance, healing and purpose that we really need and want.  And so it is as we recognise and ‘delight in the Lord’ that He can and will ‘give us the desires of our heart’ (Psalm 37:4) – desires that are for Him and Him alone at the deepest, most vulnerable and most longing centre of our being. Once there we will be astonished to find that our desires become less about getting and more about giving.

“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6)


Lord God, please come into my life – into the very depths of my being and longing – and satisfy my soul with Your love. Amen.