SUMMER CONNECTIONS: Jesus is All You Need

Jesus is all you need.

What do you need today? Do you need a friend, do you need strength to face temptation, or a comforter for grief…

I have a distinct memory of a Sunday morning hymn time when I was a young girl of 10 or 11 (yes, I am over 40!), when the leader asked us to think about the words we were singing and to wait and stand only when what you needed from Jesus at that time was being sung about…I remember feeling lonely and in need of a friend and stood up during the first refrain singing out “Hallelujah! What a friend!”

Read through this old hymn slowly, thinking about what each verse tells us about our Lord.  I challenge you to find the verse that strikes you and sing it out loud praising God, who is our friend, lover, savior, strength, comforter, guide and keeper!!

Jesus What a Friend for Sinners

Jesus! What a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.

Refrain

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!
Hallelujah! What a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.

Jesus! What a strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.

Refrain

Jesus! What a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,

He, my Comfort, helps my soul      

Refrain

Jesus! What a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.

Refrain

Jesus! I do now receive Him,
[or Jesus! I do now adore Him,]
More than all in Him I find.
He hath granted me forgiveness,
I am His, and He is mine.

Refrain

Words by J. Wilbur Chapman 1910

Music by Rowland H. Prichard 1830

 

I encourage you to take time to read and meditate on PSALM 103.  http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20103&version=31

 

Prayer:  Father, thank you for reminding me you are all I need.  May I come to you first before looking elsewhere for that which only you can supply.  Jesus, I do now adore you!  Amen.

 

Contributed by Heather Armour

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