Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

Psalm 23:1

Why does it say "want" rather than "need"?

I always tell my kids that what they want and what they need are two very different things but do I understand it?

The truth here for me is that the possession or lack of stuff is not the problem but the desire itself. I spend my life wanting stuff I probably dont really need. A reliable car, a new guitar, a day off. And when I get it I immediately start thinking about the next thing. The desire is still there. Nagging. Fueled by all I see around me.

What King David appears to be saying here he desires nothing, he is content. He has all he wants. Somehow his desire has changed. He wants no more. How is this?