One morning while watching a television commercial, a little
4 year old boy excitedly proclaimed "Thatís what Iíve wanted
my WHOLE Life!!" I have long since forgotten which toy caught
his fancy, but it was such a funny thing to hear from a four
year old that it really made me laugh. There are things we
need in life, basic transportation, and then the things we
want, heated leather seats, dual climate control, extra cup
holders. I am not overly materialistic, but being married to
my own personal shopping consultant, there isnít anything that
I really want or need. The Palmist David and the Apostle Paul
clearly identify the difference between wants and needs, which
leaves me to wonder if there is any thing Iíve wanted my whole
The 23 rd Psalm is one of the best know passages from the Old
Testament. However, the other day I heard some one say that
the literal translation would be more like..
Me... No Wants
It isnít clear whether David wrote this while on the lamb, or
later in life, but it reminds me of the Apostle Paul in his letter
to the Philippians. "I know what it is to be in need, and I know
what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being
content in any and every situation." Its been said that if women
were to suddenly disappear from earth, that men would be pretty much
content to just sit around the camp fire in their underwear and not
do much of anything. However, I donít believe that David or Paul
had a "caveman" mentality, in both cases they were content because
of their relationship with God.
It is much easier to identify with Jesus as the "Good Shepherd,"
who leads and guides us, than it is to sheepishly admit that we
tend to act like sheep. The Bible and various commentators over
the years have kind of given sheep a bad name. Sheep wander off,
spook easily, and are just plain dumb. If there was a twelve-step
program for sheep, it might look something like this.
"First Iíd like to thank every one for coming today. I would
like to start off todayís meeting by introducing myself.
My name is David and I am a sheep. Iím really into low carb
grass, but when I go looking for low carb grass, I keep
getting separated from the shepherd. Guess Iím just a dumb
Fortunately for most of us the Good Shepherd has left the ninety
and nine in the fold, and come after us when we went astray.
Proverbs 16:9 tells us "In his heart a man plans his course, but
the LORD determines his steps." However, in learning to trust and
follow the Great Shepherd, we need to not only clearly distinguish
between our own "wants and needs," but the desires that God places
in our hearts. I believe that when we discover the desires that
God has hidden in our hearts, we will be the ones excitedly
proclaiming "Thatís what Iíve wanted my WHOLE Life!!"