I shall not want – That’s Supply!

The Lord is My Shepherd I shall not want —– That’s Supply!

The true source of supply in spiritual needPhil. 4:19

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 Like many others, we had family members who were ‘furloughed’ during the recent government shutdown.  Daily we read stories in the paper where those affected were worried about loss of income, paying bills etc. But God, has told us that he will supply all of our need.  If that be the case, why can’t we pay our bills?  Let’s break it down and see if we can come up with an answer.

A full supply.

First, let’s look at the verses and the context.  In the Psalm, David relates his needs to those of the sheep that are tended by the shepherd. This is the Pastoral Character of Christ. “That great Shepherd of the sheep.” His sheep are blood-bought, hand-kept, spirit-led, grace-guarded, word-sanctified, divinely-marked, and promise-fed. He is great to do all these things, and loves to serve them. He lives to bless them, as He died to purchase them

And in Philippians, we see that they had “sent once and again unto” St. Paul”s need (Ver. 16). In return the apostle assures them that the recompense which is beyond his power will be made for him by his God, who will supply all their need. We are most enriched when we most sacrifice ourselves. (Pro 11:24) What we give to the work of Christ we shall receive back with far more than the worth of our offerings.

I WE ALL HAVE GREAT NEEDS THAT ONLY GOD CAN FULFILL. “Every need of yours.” What a vast field this expression covers!

1. Earthly need. Few but are pressed by such need in some direction, and often to an extent that no human aid can satisfy. But we must observe that what God will supply is the need, not the desire; the two cover very different ground. God will not give what we wish, but what is necessary for us. Moreover, we cannot distinguish between the real need and our idea of what we need. Often, we feel that we need something that we really do not need.  Our ‘desire’ is getting in the way of our good sense.  We need food, but not necessarily a steak, we need housing but not a 5-6 bedroom mansion, and so on. It is only what we NEED that God will supply.

2. Spiritual need. This is far larger and more important than all material wants. We need forgiveness, purification, strength, knowledge great and glorious graces that no man can give.  And these are the areas where we are most negligent.  James 4:3 tells us “ Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.”  We need to be asking God to forgive us our sins, to cleanse us, to give us strength to handle trials and temptations, etc.  As we do this, we will find God providing more and more for our needs.


1. He will fulfill the need. The fulfillment will not be as we expect it; perhaps because the need is not exactly what we imagine it to be. As God only knows the real wants of our lives, he only can rightly supply them. But not one true need will he ultimately leave unsatisfied. There is a royal abundance in the treasury of Divine grace and an unstinting generosity in the gifts from it.

2. This assurance is only for those who are faithful.  Paul gives it to the Philippians after they have given abundant evidence of their devotion. It is not every one who can rightly be promised that his every need shall be fulfilled, nor to the unspiritual will the Divine supply of the soul’s true needs seem to be such, as they will be blind to these wants and at the same time much con-corned with false needs of no real importance which God will certainly not supply.


1. The riches with which to supply our poverty are found in Christ. His unsearchable riches (Eph 2:8) consist in the grace that he brings to us in his advent and the grace that he secures for us by his death and resurrection. As we receive the highest blessings for Christ”s sake they may be regarded as riches that are stored up in Christ.

2. The method of supplying our need is through sharing in the glory of Christ. The riches are in glory. They are the fruits of the triumph of Christ. Fighting under our Captain”s banner, we share his triumph, enter into the same glory with him, and so enjoy his wealth of blessings.

Can you say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”?  If not, then I would urge you to faithfully meditate on His word asking for guidance as to what your real, rather than perceived needs are.

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