Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Worship Focus: Lord, I Need You by Chris Tomlin

I love music. I always have it on, just about all times of the day. It is one of those things that God often uses to stir my affections for Him. Over the years I have been blogging, I have often posted some of my favorite songs. But last week, I decided to take it a step further and tell you why a particular song helps me.

Last week, I started with a song by the David Crowder Band. Today, I want to share a song by Chris Tomlin (Matt Maher also performs this song, but I prefer Tomlin's rendition) that is somewhat new to me, even thought it has been around for some time. Lord, I Need You is a song that resonates with my desperate condition. It reminds me that I cannot do this on my own. Here are the lyrics:

Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the one that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

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
Yes where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptations comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay

I particularly appreciate the second verse where the song says, "where sin runs deep, Your grace is more." I sense my desperate need for Christ whenever I face sin, which is pretty much all the time. It is in that moment that I realize my only defense against sin is not my clever mind. It is not any ability to grin and bear it. My only defense is Christ. And He is my only righteousness. He is my holiness. And so when I face temptation, I know that my only hope of overcoming that moment is Christ. And when I fail, my only hope is His grace.

Oh how sweet it is to become dependent upon our Lord every hour. How much sweeter would it be for us to be dependent upon Him every minute. A constant dependency. This song helps me remember that need for Him in everything. That is why this song moves me to worship.

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