Lord I Need You

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Jesus, I need you!

I heard this song on the radio this morning and it spoke to me in such a sweet way and I found myself in tears.

This song is a cry to God. When we have nothing left in ourselves, when we are not sure where we are going, when we are lost and don’t know which way out, this is a song we can sing to Him.

I utterly need Jesus in my life, in all circumstances, in every moment. I need Him to be goodness in me. I need Him to be my righteousness. Without Him, I am incapable of either.

My heart, my salvation, was bought at such a huge price. It cost my Savior His life. My sins, placed on His shoulders, became His burden. Through His death and resurrection, I am forgiven. It’s only by His grace that I no longer have to experience spiritual death. And not just me, but all who call upon His name and claim Christ as Savior.

You are my Lord, my God, my King. You are worthy of all of my worship. Help me, by your grace, to know you and love you so deeply and dearly that the things of this world fade away and grow strangely dim.

Lord Jesus, grant me your grace, your mercy, and your loving kindness to enable me to see you, know you, love you, and be one with you. Thank you that your Word tells me if we ask anything in your name and according to your will that you will do it. Amen.

“Lord I Need You” Lyrics

Verse 1:
Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

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

Verse 2:
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

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

Bridge:
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

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

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

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One Thing I Ask

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Holy Father, giver of all things good, I thank you for your church. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family and for the encouragement I receive from my brothers and sisters. Use me to further your cause. Guide me to be where you want me to be. Forgive me when I fail to do and to be all I should be. I ask you for unity among your people. Help us to love each other and to show it so we can attract those who do not know you. As you are holy, so we are to be your holy temple so help us always follow your will. I pray in the name of Jesus.

The Lord Will Sing Over You

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My favorite verse!     It has always reminded me of when my babies were small and I would cradle them and sing to them when they were fussy.  I always picture the Lord doing the same to His children.

This beautiful verse is from the Old Testament book of Zephaniah that talks about God singing over his people.

The last few years have been extremely difficult for me, I experienced deep hurt, loneliness and at times despair.  This verse ministered to me in a powerful way.  This is the only place in the Bible where this thought is expressed in such unique and wondrous way.  God had the prophet Zephaniah deliver a message about God’s judgment on his people because of their idolatry.  But then, the prophet looks ahead to the restoration of the remnant of Israel; and he comforts God’s people by telling them how much God loves them. Before the Lord tells them, through Zephaniah, that he will rejoice over them and with singing, he says, “I am your God; I am with you and I will quiet you with my love”!

Sometimes voices attack us in our minds: voices of fear, loneliness, insecurity, condemnation, hurtful things people say to us. But the Lord is saying, “No, don’t listen to those voices! I’m going to put my arms around you as a father would, and I will quiet you. I will calm your fears.” In these moments we need to open up to his presence and let his love quiet our hearts. You can’t have peace in your heart if it is troubled; if your mind is going a hundred miles per hour.

My hope is, if you are going through a season of loneliness and despair this verse will comfort you as it did for me.

When the enemy whispers, “you are not good enough, you are not lovable.” answer him and say “Satan, you are defeated, because Jesus loves me!”  Then just worship the Lord…meditate on His word, and let His love pour over you and embrace you and give you peace.

Gracious Lord, Thank you, Lord, that your love can quiet our hearts and minds and silence all those confusing voices and sounds of the world and carnality and anxiety and fear. Cloth us in your peace today! As long as we know that you love us, we’ll be safe and secure; because you’re the King

Lead Me Lord

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From the end of the earth I will cry to You,
When my heart is overwhelmed;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalm 61:2

One thing I love about reading through the book of Psalms is that each Psalm usually begins with a heavy heart, and ends in praise and rejoicing. Psalm 61 is no exception.

If you’re in need of some encouragement this week, just remember, God hears you when you cry, and when you’re overwhelmed; all you need to do is talk to Him. He will lead you and protect you!

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace.  Lead me to You, my rock.  Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge.  Help me not to run to lesser things.  Draw me to run to You first.  Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will.  Thank You, Lord.  In Jesus Name, Amen

The Lord Is Good

 

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O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” This is an invitation to us to take God at his word, to trust in the Lord and experience his goodness, to know God personally, realizing that he loves us more than we can ever imagine.

David is urging us to do just that. He is inviting us to experience what he has discovered: the goodness of God’s salvation. David is celebrating that God has rescued him from his fears and troubles.  We are promised great blessings from God to his people. He will deliver, guard, supply, listen, and redeem all who trust in his power to save. We seek to honor him in all things, speak truthfully, seek peace and justice, and humbly serve our God.

Help me, dear Father, to know you better. Open my heart, dear Lord, so that I will more fully entrust myself to your care. Open my eyes to see just how gracious you are to me. Thank you for your goodness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalms 119:103  “How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Wisdom

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The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  Proverbs 9:10

” Fearing ” the Lord in the biblical sense of the word is not being afraid of Him, nor is it being afraid that the Lord is going to destroy you because of your sinful nature.

Believers are not to be scared of the Lord. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing the Lord means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of the Lord is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshiping Him in awe.

PROVERBS 8:13 ” The Fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Pride and arrogance and the evil way. And the perverted mouth, I hate.

As we fear the Lord and honor Him desiring to do His will, the Lord will then give us His wisdom, and insight so that we can discern right from wrong, and have good success in all that we do.

A biblical fear of the Lord, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment.  Even in the life of a believer.Hebrews 12:5-11 describes the Lord’s discipline/chastisement of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some wrong choices. The same should be true in our relationship with the Lord. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.

Dear Lord, may we know your wisdom, the true wisdom, the spiritual wisdom that you give to those who come into a right relationship to you through Jesus Christ who reverentially fear you. Who worship you as an awesome God and who are committed to obey.

 

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5 15-16

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice.  Psalm 37:30

Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.  Proverbs 3:7

 

 

I Would Have Despaired

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I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.  Psalm 27 13-14

This scripture was very special to my heart, especially during two of the hardest times of my life and the closest I came to despair.  First and most desperate time, was when I lost my son Casey to a congenital heart defect and second, when I went thru my separation and ultimate divorce.  These were both particularly dark times in my life.  Times when I felt deep despair.  The divorce was hard because I knew that it did not have to happen. I believe that with a lot of hard work and an open heart marriages can and should be saved.  But it takes two not one.

I think despair is probably one of the darkest and saddest place you could find yourself. The scary part is, that people who go there often don’t come back. The dictionary defines despair as “destitute of positive expectations.” If you’re in despair, you can’t see anything good in your life or future. You may find yourself being tempted to give up.

That is exactly, why I love the book of Psalms.  We can glean so much from David, he is such as a good example of avoiding despair.  Instead of surrendering to the darkness of despair, David’s confidence was in an unchanging God. You and I need to do the same, no matter what we are facing.

People will often say, I don’t know how she can be so strong through this . . . and How can he just keep going with everything that’s happening?

But, praise the lord we know the answer to those questions, as we look to David—we need to fix our hope on our promise-keeping God. Psalm 46:10 reminds us to “be still, and know that I am God.”   When you come to that place where you can’t do anything else, you must stand still and just believe. You may think that’s the worst possible place to be, but it’s not.  God loves it when you are there. When you can’t do anything else, we must let God do it all we need to do is fully surrender.  Otherwise we will just throw in the towel.

“We must never despair, because God is always good.” With this promise, you get to see God’s heart. Not only is He with you; not only is He sovereign and ordering the circumstances of your life, but God is also good. God’s goodness is the ultimate rescue net for all of life’s experiences.  No matter what you maybe facing, He is sufficient to rescue us, Because He is Good.

Although, we don’t know what circumstances David was facing when he wrote this psalm, but just look at his concluding statement which is full of faith. David was able to avoid despair by believing he would once again see God’s goodness. David had seen it, and he believed he would see it again. But at that very moment, he had to trust the time would come when he would again see God’s goodness. Why? Because God is good even when we can’t see it.

The reason we often lose hope is because are eyes are not on the Lord.  When our eyes are fully fixed on Him, not on the circumstances, you WILL see His goodness.  It may not be today, but we can join David in believing that we will “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”  And that is Good Ver News!

Lord, I want to be just as transparent as David was in voicing all my fears and my anxieties to You and be as bold as he was in trusting You. I know You want to grow in me a faith that will not fail. Help me to remember that when I do falter, You won’t give up on me. Give me eyes to see Your goodness every day of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.