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I wrote this song on September 30, 2006.
The name of God as our provider, Jehovah-jireh, is found in Genesis when God tests Abraham’s faith by asking him to offer his only son, Isaac, upon the altar. Since we don’t really know the exact spelling of YHWH in the Hebrew phrase יְהוָה יִרְאֶה, some also use Yahweh-yireh (see Tetragrammaton YHWH).
The translation of this name for God is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. Newer translations such as the NIV use The Lord Will Provide. He sees to it that our needs are met, even before we know to ask for them! And he knows what those needs are because he is “The Lord Who Sees”.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. —Romans 8:26-27
The chorus and initial idea for this song came from acknowledging God as my Jehovah Jireh, my provider, even in the midst of financial struggles that I was going through at the time. This recognition brings us full circle in realizing that since God provides all of our needs the only thing we should still want, or need, is more of Him!
Lord, You are, my provider
And I’ll not want for anything
More than anything all I want is You
As Paul explains in Philippians he discovered the secret to true contentment is in Christ. For life isn’t suddenly perfect just because we believe and are Christians. We still go through trials and hardships, times of plenty and times of difficulty and want. However, through it all we know that He is faithful to provide and right there alongside with us.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. —Philippians 4:11-13
The first verse of this song leads into the chorus with this very idea. Once we recognize that He is the provider of all things we can find true contentment no matter what our circumstances.
For I have learned the secret
Of being content in all things
Is in You
In my own life the past several years have definitely been a season of this. I’ve been let go from several jobs unexpectedly and with no recourse under my own power, only to have God miraculously provide even better opportunities. It’s all about perspective. We can choose to panic and doubt His promise to provide for our needs, or take Him at His Word and seek His will in our lives. Often these incidents have been His way of freeing me up for a new and better door to walk through.
If we have faith in His promises and take Him at His Word, then we should be secure in knowing that He will supply our needs.