Psalm 23: A new twist

I read Psalm 23 again last week.

I always thought of this Psalm as one read at funerals or in times of great trial. I began to read it out loud, as I often find myself doing these days.

{Speaking Scripture is offering me new and refreshing perspective. Hearing the Word, not just reading it, has more Power, in my opinion.}

As I read the Psalm the phrase, “I shall not want” (ESV, Psalm 23:1b), jumped out at me. More specifically, it was the word shall that got my attention.

Shall implies a choice.

“I shall not want.”

I will actively choose not to want.

Because when I do that, when I choose not to be in want, listen to what follows, listen to the promises revealed in the following verses.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.” (ESV, Psalm 23:2-3)

Do you see it?

I shall not be in want, I will choose not to want, because the Lord will provide for me green pastures, still waters, restoration of my soul, and paths of righteousness.


For His Name’s Sake. So that He may be glorified. Not me.

Less want makes space for God.

I am thick in the reading and implementing of the book, “7:An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”. Is it any wonder that these verses spoke to me in this way?

This is the premise of Jen Hatmaker’s book and her desire for us to understand. The whole entire point of getting rid of the excess in our lives is so that we have more room to hear the still, small voice of God.

I encourage you to meditate on Psalm 23 today. How is Christ speaking to you anew?

newly purposed,


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5 thoughts on “Psalm 23: A new twist

  1. I can feel a change in me when I actively choose to pray and give time to God. It feels good, and I feel refreshed. It’s the same feeling, I have when I walk out of church on Sundays.
    The world around us would like us to want, and want more than we could possibly ever need. I shall not want! God is all that I need, I pray he shall gift me with compassion, grace and a love for all.

  2. Jana, I wish we could sit down and have a cup of tea. You are really being influenced by this book in all good ways. I have not started it but based on your experience I look forward to it.

I would love to hear from you!