Lord I Need You

Lord I come I confess

It all starts with the act of coming to Him.  Then the admission of our need.  1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

What do you need to confess to Him today?

Bowing here I find my rest

At the feet of Jesus where Mary sat is not a place of condemnation and punishment.  It is a place of forgiveness and a place of rest.  St. Augustine once said, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

Without You I fall apart

Colossians 1:16-17 says, “…For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” 

You’re the One that guides my heart

Paul’s prayer to the Thessalonians in 2 Thessalonians 3:5 was,  “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.”  Make this prayer personal and ask Him to direct your heart.

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are

Romans 5:20 says, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”  No matter the sin in our lives, there’s always enough grace to cover it.  The New Living Translation of 1 Peter 3:18 says, “Christ suffered for our sins once for all time.”  One sacrifice for a multitude of sins for a multitude of people.

Where you are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Lord I need You O I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense
My righteousness
O God how I need You

We, especially in America, pride ourselves on our independence.  From the early settlers coming to America to seek religious independence (freedom to worship as they pleased), to seeking governmental and financial independence with the American Revolution, to a Civil War over seeking ideological independence, to the immigrants of the 20th Century seeking employment independence.  Independence is deeply rooted inside of us.  It’s hard for us to admit need.  But in admitting our need, that’s where we truly find freedom.  It starts with the confession of the first line of the song.  Understanding and admitting that we are a slave to our sin.  In John 8:34, Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”  And then accepting the grace given through Christ.  Apart from Christ we have no righteousness.  HE is our righteousness.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  You see, right after Jesus states that we are slaves to sin in John 8:34, He finishes with this hope in verses 35-36.  “Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

Take some time today to confess your sins to Him.  Admit your need and ask for His power to reign over your life.  Then go forward and live each day in the freedom that comes from knowing that you are a child of God.  Let the lines of the bridge of this song be your anthem for this week.

So 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

Until next time…