Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All I Need

We stand and we sing the song.

"Left my fear by the side of the road 
Hear You speak. 
Won't let go.
Fall to my knees as I lift my hands to pray".

The music haunts me. Not the words, but the instruments and the way that they blend together. They create a sound. Quiet, yet disturbed. I can't put it into words, but it does what only music can. It makes you feel.

"Got every reason to be here again
Father's love that draws me in
And all my eyes wanna see is a glimpse of You".

Maybe if I look really hard I might just see Him there. I might get a glimpse. Do you think He sits on that step? The one that leads to the platform? Do you think that He's right THERE? Listening. Then the chorus.

"All I need is You
All I need is You Lord
Is you Lord".

I think He must smile when He sees the beautiful lady of color who sings the words with eyes closed, heart reaching praise right from her toes. 
Smiling over the ones who mean it. Weeping over those of us who don't. 

"One more day and it's not the same
Your spirit calls my heart to sing
Drawn to the voice of my Savior once again
Where would my soul be without Your Son
Gave His life to save the earth
Rest in the thought that You're watching over me".
His Spirit, calling my heart. Drawn to His voice. This hits me. This hits me hard. When the instruments stop and the voices take over. 
"All I need is You
All I need is You Lord
Is You Lord".
Somehow I just know He's there. He's here. He is all I need. 
If I'm sick, He is Healer.
If I'm seeking answers, guidance or counsel, He is Shepherd, Guide, Counselor. 
He is the cord of three strands in my marriage, holding us together.
He is the giver of life. He opens wombs and plants seeds, fearfully and wonderfully made.
He fills quivers with children and grandchildren.  
He unties me when I'm bound. He releases my feet from the devil's snare. He pulls me out of pits.
He gives me gifts and talents to use for His Glory. 
He is my Provider and gives us the ability to produce wealth. 
He knows our every need before we ask, and He meets each need according to His riches.
Every good and perfect gift comes from Him.
"You hold the universe
You hold everyone on earth
You hold the universe
You hold
You hold".

He has the whole world in His hands.

He has my whole world in His hands.
For every need that I have, He is the answer. He lacks nothing to save, to deliver, to help.    

I can say with complete honesty, that He has been every. single. one. of those things to me. 

This makes me smile.
"All I need is You
All I need is You Lord
Is You Lord".
Today, in the sanctuary, I mean every last word. 
Tomorrow, when life is far from a sanctuary, when it looks more like a fox hole, when bills are due, when laundry piles, when people let me down, when I'm scared, when I'm paralyzed, when I'm confused....will I mean the words? 
Will I mean them then?


  1. It's so easy for us to sing the words with our lips when our hearts are disengaged. I pray for unity of mouth and soul when I sing, and for grace that it spill over into the next day and the next.

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beautiful, Donna! I feel that praise, the worship - just giving all to Him because He is all I need. Being brave and courageous enough to worship outside of church, in our home, in the car - oh, that makes all the difference, too! The sweet aroma of praise covering everything! That is how I want to live - even in the fox hole!

  3. This is beautiful, Donna. I know...it's so easy to praise Him through music. Even our heart gets into it, but it seems the true test of our faith comes when we're in the midst of real life "ickiness" - I think after all I've been through I'm strong enough now to say I would still believe and speak words of faith, even praise Him. I pray God will keep my heart where it is, with Him, always. Even when the sunshine hides behind a dark storm cloud.

  4. I love this song so much Donna! I even shared it on one of my SUNDAY WORSHIPS.
    Have a great week ahead!

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  6. Donna, I have enjoyed popping in on you today.

    Powerful message...

    Beautiful words of worship in this song. May our lives align with the words we sing!!

    I confess my dire need for Jesus! Can't make it without Him!!

    Love your heart!

  7. Isn't it amazing how music draws our heart towards Him?