from Pastor Doug Allord
One of the songs in our services this weekend combines both a fresh expression of dependence on Christ, yet also finds some of it's roots in the wonderful hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour" by Annie Sherwood Hawks & Robert Lowry.
Matt Maher, the author of "Lord I Need You" cites the following quote from C.S. Lewis as some of his inspiration in crafting the song:
“Man’s love for God must always be very largely, and must often be entirely, a Need-love. This is obvious where we implore forgiveness for our sins or support in our tribulations...But in the long run it is perhaps even more apparent in our growing – for it ought to be growing – awareness that our whole being by its very nature is one vast need; incomplete, preparatory, empty yet cluttered, crying out for Him who can untie things that are now knotted together and tie up things that are still dangling loose.”
Lewis reminds us that it is not a need for self esteem, a need to feel loved, a need to feel significant, or a need for excitement in our lives. He’s referring to our need for forgiveness of our sins and a need for support in our tribulations.
We come, bowing in humility and need before our King's throne - confessing His goodness in spite of our broken-ness, and recognizing our only hope of forgiveness from sin and our strength when facing temptation is Jesus. Jesus alone. Jesus is our one defense and Jesus is our righteousness. (2 Cor. 5:21)
The Scriptures remind us that each day, and every breath we have are gifts from God. We're told that the entire universe is sustained by God's mighty power (Col 1:17, Heb 1:3) , so we can come confidently in our dependence knowing that He not only is able to help, but that He will act for our good and His glory.
As we gather to worship we're declaring that we exalt Christ and praise Him for being the answer to every daily, hourly and moment-by-moment need. Every area of our lives are in need of wholeness and healing and only Christ can save, heal, and restore.