One of the things that I love to do with Worship Wednesday, in addition to featuring the awesome stories from others, is sharing something that points us toward the authentic expression of extravagant worship.
Recently I’ve had this song on repeat and every time it becomes my exhaling confession. The title is Lord, I need you by my friend Matt Maher and there can’t be any simpler message or exclamation in worship.
Matt talks a little about the power and beauty of this song in this first video and the second is the official lyric video.
Take a look, or just simply listen.
Saint Irenaeus is known for having said “The glory of God is man fully alive.”
John Piper adds that “we were made for the admiration of the excellence of Jesus, and the greater your admiration, the greater the revelation of Christ’s glorification.”
He goes on, clarifying that “the reason admiration is the greatest pleasure of the human soul, is because God made the world and fashioned the human soul so that Jesus would be glorified and we would be satisfied at the same time in the same act of the soul, namely glad hearted admiration of the excellence of Jesus.”
I have always been impressed by the extents to which my heart will go in order to “feel” full, to be “alive.”
These days that has seemed to become increasingly difficult.
Being alive, that is.
These past few weeks have been hard. There is a part of me that would love to represent myself as though I have it all together, like I’m some kind of picture of completeness, but that simply isn’t true. I’m a mess and I struggle and fail to make the intentions of my heart the realities of my words.
Last night, I was reminded admitting that makes me human and normal.
I was also reminded that I’m not the man I once was, nor am I the man I will soon become, but instead I’m right where I’m supposed to be.
Those are good words, loving words. I know they are true.
My worship these days comes, in part, from those words.
My worship also comes from a place of feeling empty and needing refreshment.
I know I’m not alone there either.
I tend to put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself and expect even more from myself.
Finding rest has been a theme I’ve wrestled with most of my life.
I think that’s where some of my tears come from when I sing this song.
I also think they come from a place of knowing I’m not enough.
But my worship is fueled by the truth that I’m loved by The One who is.
And if you’re ever in doubt or struggling to find a reason to extravagantly worship the only One who deserves your worship, that’s reason enough.
What are your reasons for singing this song and praying these words Lord, I need you?
Share your thoughts below!
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