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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 6, 2021

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SATURDAY, February 6

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

“What is your favorite image of Jesus?” a friend once asked. I answered the Good Shepherd. Why? Because it speaks of God’s care, protection and providence.

In her lovely song, “I Shall Not Want,” Audrey Assad names things from which we may need to be delivered such as fear, selfishness, pride, and lust. She cries out for deliverance. Poignant violin strains convey longing, even as she repeatedly sings, “I shall not want.”

If want means desire, obviously we want. We desire things that are out of reach or detrimental to us. But if the psalm refers to want as need (like when people say they want for nothing), we may find that we are indeed given what we need. We can pray to be delivered from wanting the things from which the shepherd seeks to deliver us.

MOVING FORWARD: Listen to the song, “I Shall Not Want” by Audrey Assad, and consider praying for deliverance from unhealthy longings.

PRAY for the Diocese of Andaman & Car Nicobar Islands (North India)

Ps 75, 76 * 23, 27 | Isaiah 57:3-13 | Galatians 5:25—6:10 | Mark 9:14-29



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