Lord, I need You
Lord I need You, oh I need You
Every hour, I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
Matt Maher, Lord, I Need You (refrain)
. I cannot tell you how many times over the last three- or four-years words to this effect have entered my mind and crossed my lips. These years included an extended pastoral vacancy, a divorce, the deaths of my parents, a pandemic, and more. You know, you have lived though many of these very things and more as well and I am confident that similar thoughts and phrases have accompanied your daily lives as well.
I need the Lord, and He is here. What does He look like? He looks like my Calvary family when they love me, even when I am prickly and unlovable. He looks like cards and gifts that I do not expect or deserve, but sure do appreciate. He looks like conversations in the parking lot after a long meeting. He looks like Calvary leadership reminding me to use my vacation time. He looks like a friend asking me if it is okay to share a hug. He looks like a fellowship hall of people enjoying a Super Sunday with some of the kids and a puppet named Gordy.
This is the Lord meeting our needs and more. He comes to us through Christian friends and family who are sometimes just as broken and hurting as we are. He shares some of Himself through them. He comes to us in Word and Sacrament to strengthen and preserve us as we travel life’s winding roads. He promises He will never leave us of forsake us. These are the most comforting words I know.
Please do not expect the Lord to appear only in the form of Bible pages and footnotes or perfectly presented scripture readings, Bible studies, and worship. Does He appear in those things, of course He does, but not only there; our Lord meets us on the ground floor and provides daily strength, hope, and love in His perfect Word, even when our presentation is imperfect. He gives us a family of faith to lean on, love on, and grow with. Does it get any better? Not on this side of eternity.
Peace be with you all and thank you my Calvary family.