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  • Jill Jarrell Newsome

I Need You, Lord, Oh I Need You

This blog was written a while back. Often times, I write for therapy and decide to share at a later time. This really helped me and I pray it helps you.

In staff meeting we listened to a song, "Sometimes It Takes A Mountain" by the Gaither Vocal band, as our devotional. While the chorus really spoke to me, it was these words that I remembered as thought about my upcoming trip, 3000 miles away to be with my daughter. I feel my plate continues to be full and I am weary and burdened. I cannot handle it and I am not meant to handle it. I remember when Dad died someone told me that people say, "God does not give you more than you can handle" but this man believed God does so that we will have to lean on Him. I totally agree. That is when we go to God and grow in our faith!

I believe God nudged someone to share these words as our devotional. Not just for me but I am sure it spoke to others in the way they needed. Coming off 17 days of Covid, my mom falling and having to have knee surgery, a call that my uncle was nonresponsive and I needed to go to Oregon to be with my daughter has left me weary. I carried that burden and it was heavy. I KNOW to call on God but why do I have to be reminded?! I guess because I am human.

The lyrics that spoke to me were, "Forgive me Jesus I thought I could control whatever life would throw my way, But this I will admit Has brought me to my knees. I need You Lord and I'm not ashamed to say. Sometimes it takes a mountain, Sometimes a troubled sea, Sometimes it takes a desert To get a hold of me. Your love is so much stronger Than whatever troubles me." It is time to call on God! Psalm 145: 18, "The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth." I need You Lord, oh how I need You! Psalm 18: 6, "In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears."

Calling on the name of the Lord is something I will have to do the rest of my life. Psalm 116: 2, "Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live." God does not suggest that we call on Him in times of trouble but He commands us to. Psalm 50: 15, "...and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” When we call on Him, He hears us and delivers us. Psalm 91: 1, "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." When we need rest, we must call on God Almighty! And God goes on in verse 14 and 15 and gives us a promise. "'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.'" If we call on Him, He will be with us!

Another verse that I do not remember is 1 Corinthians 1: 2, "To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours..." When we call on the name of the Lord it is showing we are a Christian.

I know this has been a tough time for so many people. Lots of negativity, lots of fear, lots of loss, lots of evil and lots of hurting in this world - if you are weary and burdened, cry out to God. Hear these words from Jesus in Matthew 11: 28, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."


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