Songs & Scripture: “Lord, I Need You” (Matt Maher)

I love the raw honesty of this song. It’s not only incredibly biblical, but I think it reflects a desperation many of us have buried in our self-sufficient culture. Sometimes, I’ll admit, I don’t feel like I really need Jesus. But this song reminds me that¬†I do, desperately, need Him.

And yes, this is another redone hymn. ūüôā

Lord, I Need You
Writer(s): Daniel Carson, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 5925687
(C) 2013 Provident Label Group LLC, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Lord, I come, I confess (1 John 1:9)
Bowing here I find my rest (Jeremiah 6:16, Matthew 11:29, John 14:27)
Without You I fall apart (Colossians 1:17, Hebrews 1:3)
You’re the One that guides my heart (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You (Psalm 40:17, Psalm 70:5, Psalm 86:1, Philippians 4:19, Hebrews 4:16)
Every hour I need You
My one defense, (Hebrews 7:25, 1 John 2:1)
my righteousness (Romans 1:17, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Philippians 3:8-9)
Oh God, how I need You
Where sin runs deep Your grace is more (Romans 5:20-21)
Where grace is found is where You are (2 Timothy 2:1)
And where You are, Lord, I am free (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Holiness is Christ in me (John 14:23, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 3:16-17, Colossians 1:27)

[chorus repeats]

Teach my song to rise to You (Psalm 33:3, Psalm 119:11)
When temptation comes my way (Matthew 6:13, Matthew 26:41, Luke 11:4, Luke 22:40, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 4:7)
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay (1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Timothy 1:1, Titus 2:13, 1 Peter 1:3-5, 1 Peter 5:10)

[chorus repeats]

Credit to these sites for getting me started:

22 Bible Verses About Temptation

Related sites:
I found this blog entry great on answering the question: What exactly does “my hope and stay” mean?


Songs & Scripture: “We Praise Your Name” (Trent Cory)


The Midtown Bridge Church about to start its Easter service in the park at Atlantic Station, Easter, 2013. Taken by me.

When I found my home church, the Midtown Bridge Church, I found a community that treasures its diversity and values that because it reflects the local neighborhood.  Should that be the entire foundation of a church? Absolutely not. A church needs to hold to biblical principles first and foremost, and not exist solely as diversity club.  But especially in geographical areas where racism sadly still rears its ugly head (like in Atlanta), I think it makes sense for a church to make that a (not the) pillar of its mission. And I would argue that fighting for that diversity is biblical especially in those areas. 

Which brings me to the song I selected for my Songs & Scripture post: We Praise Your Name. ¬†Something my church (and small group) does to acknowledge and encourage its intercultural congregation is singing a large variety of worship song styles– from hymns to Hillsong to gospel. ¬†I’ll admit, when I first went to this church, gospel style music made my ultra-white-Vermont-self uncomfortable. ¬†I still love hymns, but gospel has grown on me and I feel blessed to have learned a new style of music to worship my God. My church sings this song often, and I love the fact that Trent Cory, who wrote & sings this song in the video below, is also part of a racially diverse church! Such a refreshing (and sadly not common enough!) blend of music styles in this song. ¬†I hope you enjoy it!

We Praise Your Name
Words and Music by Trent Cory
CCLI#:  5305719

Holy, Holy, Father You are Holy, (Psalm 68:5, John 17:11)
There is no one else like You, (2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Psalm 86:8, Jeremiah 10:6)
Faithful, Faithful, Father You are Faithful, (Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 10:23)
We have put our trust in You, (Psalm 31:14, Psalm 52:8, Psalm 62:8, Proverbs 3:5)
Our God who reigns, (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Psalm 22:28, Psalm 47:8, Isaiah 66:1, Revelation 5:13)
We praise Your name, (1 Chronicles 29:13, Psalm 44:8)

Praise to the only living God, (2 Samuel 22:47, Jeremiah 10:10, Revelation 1:17-18)
Praise to the Holy, Faithful one, (Psalm 71:22, Isaiah 49:7, Revelation 3:7)
Hallelujah, We praise Your name, (see above)
There is freedom to dance, in Your presence, (2 Samuel 6:14, Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, Jeremiah 31:13)
Freedom to walk, in liberty (Luke 4:18-19, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1, 13, 1 Peter 2:16
Hallelujah, We praise Your name (see above)

Hallelujah (3x), We praise Your name

With love,


Stirring, we’ll lure you in and we’ll make room for the shade of skin
Short ones, tall ones, skinny ones, bigger, love is the gun and we pullin’ that trigger
So you send me and I’ll send you hope in the form of a new tattoo
Mine is the shiny city on a hill and yours, of course, is the colors that fill it

–Lyric Excerpt from “Diverse City”, by TobyMac