Read Psalm 23
Focus on verse 1
Perhaps you have heard it said, “Contentment is not so much having everything one wants as much as it is wanting everything one has.” It would seem to me that contentment is a rare find in the world today. So much of the focus of media advertising in western culture seeks to convince us that we should not be content with what we have…that we deserve a newer better car/wardrobe/house/vacation/latest gadget/you name it.
When we read “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” It stands in sharp contrast to what our culture is telling us. Our culture screams, “You shall want! And if you have enough money you can have whatever you want!” What our culture does not tell us is that this type of want is a bottomless pit! You can never have enough. Contentment becomes the carrot that dangles on a string in front of us, just out of reach. What we do not realize is that it is attached to a stick that is attached to the back of our head – so when we move forward to grasp it – it moves forward with us and can never quite be reached. The only solution to this deception is the realization that the world’s message of contentment is an illusion; a grand scheme of deception intended to dupe us into pursuing the impossible.
The only way to find true contentment is to make the choice to jump off the hamster wheel and believe the truth about where contentment really is found. When we allow the Lord to be our Shepherd…when we choose follow Him to the green pastures and still waters, when we follow Him in paths of righteousness…then we find the contentment we seek. Interestingly, true contentment is not found in the things the Lord provides and supplies, but in His presence. It is in knowing that He is with me even while I walk through dark valleys. When the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, for I already have everything I need when I have Him.