i shall not want

Listen: “I shall not want”, by Audrey Assad from the album, Fortunate Fall.

From the love of my own comfort
From the fear of having nothing
From a life of worldly passions
Deliver me O God

From the need to be understood
From the need to be accepted
From the fear of being lonely
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God

And I shall not want, I shall not want
when I taste Your goodness I shall not want
when I taste Your goodness I shall not want

From the fear of serving others
From the fear of death or trial
From the fear of humility
Deliver me O God
Deliver me O God


  • Jenny says:

    Recently I’ve been struggling with the need to be understood. And I find it difficult to understand how God could understand me. Complex.
    But how could he know what it’s like to be a woman, be a mother, feel the things I feel, hormones etc. I know Jesus was tempted in every way, but I struggle to see how he could be tempted the ways I am.
    Perhaps it all doesn’t matter anyway.

    • lesley says:

      Thanks Jenny. Great questions.

      I struggle with whether God likes me. Loves, yes. But like? I read something a while ago (I think it was from Ann Voskamp’s blog. Nope. It was from here: http://www.kellehampton.com/2013/09/me-and-god.html) that made me realise that He does. He decided to make me, He wanted me around. Knowing that was huge. I really do believe that God likes us, and that He delights in us. And that because He made us, He understands us, even us women.

      A radio program – The Starlight Night (2002) – about prayer suggested that in Jesus’ ascension, his humanity or experience of living as a flesh and blood person, is now part of the Godhead. That’s very comforting to me, in terms of God understanding us. (Transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/encounter/the-starlight-night/3511030#transcript)

      Finally, I was reading Hebrews 4 this morning. The NIV footnotes for 4:15 suggest that: “Jesus did not have each temptation we have but experienced every kind of temptation a person can have.” While He may not have experienced the same kinds of temptations we face today, He is sympathetic to the turmoil and suffering we feel when we are tempted, because He has experienced that too.

      Hope this is helpful.

  • Jenny says:

    Thank you Lesley. Appreciate your thoughts.