Audrey Assad‘s song, I Shall Not Want, is beautiful, including her amazing lyrics. Part, “Litany of Humility,” part 23rd Psalm, part Lord’s Prayer, it is fitting for our time. Well, it’s really timeless.
Through the ages people have always grappled with their egos, their desire to be noticed, praised, given credit. But we are not always aware that this longing to be ‘first’ or even wanting to be remembered, is a problem for us. It’s a stone that causes us to stumble and keeps us from placing God first. That’s the way it always has to be, placing God first.
Our time here is fleeting. It could end today. We have no idea. But the One who is eternal and eternally loves us, the One who created everything and everyone, God has got to be the center of our lives. We should do everything out of love for Him. We must never forget whose we are and who we are: a child of the King.
So, let us pray the prayer of this song, and the intentions of the Litany of Humility. Jesus shows us the way. Some of the intentions seem so difficult, how could anyone ask that of us, or expect us to earnestly pray for those things? But it’s all things Jesus did while He lived among us. Jesus: true God and true man. As I like to say, we’ve just got to ‘follow the Leader.’ Only then will we find true happiness and true love. Only then will be truly live as the child we should be.
Let us pray. Let us be still and receive all the grace that the Father wants to bestow upon us. It’s more than we can take in. It will spill over and touch everyone around us!
Litany of Humility
O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line)
From the desire of being loved,
From the desire of being extolled,
From the desire of being honored,
From the desire of being praised,
From the desire of being preferred to others,
From the desire of being consulted,
From the desire of being approved,
From the fear of being humiliated,
From the fear of being despised,
From the fear of suffering rebukes,
From the fear of being calumniated,
From the fear of being forgotten,
From the fear of being ridiculed,
From the fear of being wronged,
From the fear of being suspected,
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. (repeat after each line)
That others may be esteemed more than I ,
That, in the opinion of the world,
others may increase and I may decrease,
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
That others may be praised and I unnoticed,
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,