“I need help.” That statement can make us cringe! It sometimes feels like a deep, dark confession. How many times have you been so determined to do something on your own that you made life twice as hard as it had to be? I do it way more often than I’d like to admit! And I’m not sure why!! Is it today’s culture? I don’t think it’s just today. Is it part of getting older? Maybe. When we were kids, we asked for help all the time, didn’t we?? (Happy Mother’s Day, moms! If you still have little ones at home, you get this more than anyone!) But somewhere along the way, we decided that to be strong meant that we don’t mean anybody.
Here’s the thing though - we do!! We need each other. All throughout scripture, we see that God created us as the body of Christ, each with our own distinct functions. (Take a look at 1 Corinthians 12.) We know from scripture that He designed us to need a Savior - Jesus Christ. Christ confounds the wise in that when we are weak, we are strong. When we are needy, we have everything we need! HOW?? Because in Christ, we find our strength. In Him, we find all that we need.
The 19th century hymn I Need Thee Every Hour was actually written by a mother, 37 years old, who in her day to day life of raising her children and taking care of her family recognized that she needed God every day - every hour - and wrote this beautiful prayer to Him. In 2011, drawing from the incredible 1859 hymn, a group of worship leaders and Christian songwriters, penned the song Lord I Need You. They are songs of surrender, of trust, and of acknowledging our need for God. These songs acknowledge that in Him we find ALL that we lack.
He is our salvation (1 John 1:9)
He is our contentment (Hebrews 13:5)
He is our peace (Philippians 4:6)
He guides us (Psalm 23:1)
He is our healer (Exodus 15:26)
He is our provider (Phillipians 4:19)
He is our deliverer (Galatian 5:1)
He is our protector (Deuteronomy 31:6)
That list could go on and on and on . . . and HE IS!! He lavishes His love on us, calling us His own children. As we lift these songs on Sunday morning, let us be assured that He is ALL we need. Let us come humbly and gratefully into His presence and allow His love to saturate us as we worship Him!