Thursday, July 16, 2015

More Than A Song: Lord I Need You

As a worship musician, I often have the privilege of hearing and playing the same song dozens of times during a week. Some songs stick with me long after the song services are over. I’ll find myself using the lyrics in my devotional times or randomly throughout the day in prayer.

As a writer, I wondered if anyone else would benefit from this. So today I’m starting a new blog series called More Than A Song where we’ll slow down for a moment and mediate alone on the words we usually sing together.

The song Lord I Need You by Matt Maher* is a simple prayer, but the lyrics so beautifully echo the cry of my heart.

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

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

The Lord knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 6:8) and what we need most is Him. The nearness of God is our good (Psalm 73:28) even at work, even in traffic, even in the waiting room. He is there defending us, interceding for us, loving us, forgiving us, strengthening us, and making a way for us to escape temptation. Every hour, He is with us. Lord, we need you. 

Here’s the link to Matt Maher’s VEVO if you’d like to listen to Lord I Need You

What song is on your heart today?

*Song Title: Lord I Need You, Artist: Matt Maher, Album: All The People Said Amen, 2013 Provident Label Group, LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment, Writers: Christy Nockels, Daniel Carson, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, © 2011 sixsteps Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Sweater Weather Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Valley Of Songs Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), songs (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)


  1. There are many times on Sunday's during worship when the words we sing hit me with such power. So often we just sing the words and don't think about what they say and mean. Thanks for this reminder that these songs are meant to convey the messages of God to His people.

  2. I have certainly been there. Love the song. My song of inspiration is Be Still And Know That I Am God.