The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… Psalm 23v1
‘I shall not want’, the psalm says… but is that true? There are lots of things we go on wanting, go on lacking, whether we believe in God or not! They are not just material things… but things like good health, happiness for our children, being understood and appreciated, relief from pain, some measure of inner peace – not just for ourselves but for those we love and for whom we pray.
Believers and unbelievers alike, we go on wanting plenty our whole life through. We long for what never seems to come; we pray for what never seems to be clearly given.
But when the psalm says ‘I shall not want’ maybe it is speaking the utter truth anyhow… Maybe it means that if we keep our eyes open, if we keep our hearts and lives open, we will at least never be in want of the one thing we want more than anything else. Maybe it means that whatever else is withheld, the Shepherd never withholds Himself – and He is what we want more than anything else‘
Frederick Buechner, Listening to your life, p 179