New Song: Lord, I Need You
The songs we sing on Sunday are not just a mix of word and melody – they are prayers. They help wrap understanding around truth that needs to cement deeply in our hearts, minds, lips and lives. One of the reasons that the prayer song we introduced on Sunday resonates so much is that it is a prayer we can be declared at any season of our soul – it is both comforting and confronting.
For the Christ follower it is ‘no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ And we are called to walk by faith in Christ, not in the power of our own flesh and abilities. The first verse of this song is both a reminder of our need, and the answer to our need – life in Christ. (Galatians 2:20, Acts 17:28, 2 Corinthians 5:7)
Lord, I come, I confess bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart You’re the One that guides my heart
This chorus has echoes of the hymn ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’ – again a reminder of a timeless truth not merely relevant to our current age, but to all believers in all generations. Our greatest need is to be made right with God, our defense against that need, our righteousness is not in our abilities – but in Christ Himself! ‘As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me…’ And as Spurgeon reminds us ‘I have a great need for Christ, I have a great Christ for my need.’ (Psalm 40:17, Philippians 3:9, Psalm 18:2)
Lord I need you, oh, I need You Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness Oh God, how I need You
Our world is broken by sin – even the Christ follower is not immune from the effects of sin in this life. But He gives more grace – because He is Himself grace. God gives of Himself, and where He is there is freedom. Christ has come to set us free – so now we are free to boast all the more gladly in our weakness and need – because Christ lives in and through us! (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:10, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1, 2 Corinthians 12:9)
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more, where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free Holiness is Christ in me
‘We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…’ In trial, temptation or struggle we have hope – we have an anchor – we have rescue – it is in and through Christ. (Hebrews 6:19-20)
Teach my song to rise to You, when temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You Jesus, You’re my hope and stay
Let’s not just be a people that sing words – but pray truth together as we gather, and as we scatter.