I Shall Not Want

I wrote this poem when I was throwing myself a pity party recently. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I feel disgusted by my single status most of the time. It stinks to be single…at least, that’s what Satan tells me. Deep down in my heart, I know that contentment is a choice, whether I’m lucky in love or single as a Pringle. Marriage doesn’t equal happiness, right?

But, after watching Insurgent (a romance + action-adventure movie), I became insanely jealous of the love Four had for Tris. Honestly, I began to feel sorry for myself. Yes, I know Insurgent is a fictional story and that Four’s relationship with Tris is fake. But I also knew that I wanted a guy to love me like Four loved Tris.

The morning after I watched that movie—once I had complained to God how lonely I felt and how I didn’t want Him like I should—I was searching through my Bible for a short chapter to read. But every chapter seemed so long, and I was short on time. I immediately thought that I should read a Psalm because most Psalms are short. I flipped to Psalm 23 since it was February 23rd, but I forgot I already knew the words of this Psalm.

I could clearly hear God speaking to me through the first verse: …I shall not want.   

God knew I needed that verse (and that entire Psalm). If God is my everything, I don’t need anything. I don’t need a date for Friday night. I don’t need a boyfriend who buys me flowers. I don’t need a husband who holds me in his arms. And I don’t need Four.

Because I have Him.

He loves me like Four loved Tris—except better. He cares for me like Four cared for Tris—except more. He rescued me like Four rescued Tris—except millennia before I was even born.

That’s why I wrote this poem. Because God is more. He is better. We don’t have to want anything if we have Him.

 

I shall not want.

I shall not want.

The Lord is my Shepherd, my soul’s great Restorer, my Guide.

 

I shall not want.

I shall not want.

You give me the rest and the peace and the calm that I crave.

 

I shall not want.

I shall not want.

I walk through the valley, for You go before me always.

 

I shall not want.

I shall not want.

I sit at Your table, for You make me able and brave.

 

I shall not want.

I shall not want.

You love me and show me You’re good and You’re kind at all times.

 

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I 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 have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NASB)

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  1. Thank you for the song recommendations! I have heard “Control” by Tenth Avenue North. 🙂 I really appreciate your encouragement, thank you!

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  2. Wow, girl! Lots of things going through my mind! Firstly, have you ever heard the songs “I Shall Not Want” by Audrey Assad? Or “Control” by Tenth Avenue North? Very good; I think you’d like them. 🙂 Secondly, I’m mindful of two articles similar to this: — https://gracenotesbygeorgie.blogspot.com/2018/06/presently-for-when-its-hard-to-wait.html — or this post that I’m STILL learning: — https://gracenotesbygeorgie.blogspot.com/2018/10/surrender-satisfaction-truth-about.html

    At some point, I think we need to come to a place of not just contentment, but satisfaction. The world will tell us that singleness is a bad thing; that we’ll be lonely. Not so! Single can mean single in purpose or single in focus if we let it. Looking back, we can always see that God’s ways and timing are best, right? ❤

    Beautiful poem! Keep writing; you're making a difference! 🙂

    Psalm 84:11 "For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."

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