How To Get God to Stay Nearby?

I Need Thee

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

I Need Thee Every Hour
By: Annie S. Hawks, 1836-1911 (1872)

Listen to this beautiful piano version as you read, or watch the video then read.  

We are going to declare again and again over these weeks how much we need God.  We are doing this for our benefit, for the sooner this settles in the better off we will be, for the more enabled we will find ourselves to overcome the power of temptation. Let’s tune our hearts.

Help

The image that comes to mind for me is a little child trying to muster up the courage to do something.  They want to do it, and do it by themselves, but they feel much better about trying when mom or dad are nearby.  Like climbing the ladder to the sliding board.

They want to do it, but with the moral support drawn from the nearness of a parent, just in case something goes wrong.  There is a little danger, but it is mitigated by the power of the parent.  The parent gives courage to the child simply by being near. This is a very powerful, positive perspective.

As we get a little older, we still find comfort in the nearness of authority.  There is simply something reassuring about the access to someone with the power to help should the need arise.  When we know we have the ear of one who can change a scenario it changes everything.  The Psalmist put that feeling like this.

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Psalm 86:1 ESV

But it is not only the access that reassure us.  It is the certainty of an answer.  And we need that answer when we acknowledge we are poor and needy.

I Need Thy Ear

When I embarked on this journey of Resonant 7 several years ago I had a friend who offered me some good counsel.  He told be to ask for help when I needed it.  Then he said, “You need to act like a poor man and not be ashamed to ask for help when there is something you need that you can not accomplish without help.”

That counsel has served me well on this journey but has also challenged me in other areas as well.  Admitting we are poor and needy, especially to one that can help is a humbling and rewarding experience, but not one most of us look forward to.  You see it is one thing to be heard.  It is quite another to be helped.  Ask God to help you call out to Him for help when you need it.

Jesus, help me to be willing to ask for Your help when I need it.  And I need it every hour, so I can be certain to have many opportunities to practice it.  Thank You Lord in advance for each one.

Nearby

If are going to ask someone for help it is useful to get near them.  There are times when we know we need God’s help but He seems distant.  It makes me think of the old adage, “If God seems distant, realize He is not the one who moved.”  We must address this drift.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8 ESV

This Scripture makes very clear the cause fo the drift.  Sin.  For me it is the temptation to think I am self-sufficient.  Though I know this is not true, I often act in a way that is quite contrary to that.

Stay Thou Nearby

Staying near to God, and drawing near when we have drifted away, is a crucial part of acknowledging our need of Him.  Our double mindedness is the issue.  We waver between wanting to please God and please ourselves. We need to ask for His forgiveness for the times we have lived for us, and then sin we have gotten into as we drifted away, and for His help to live for Him.

One of the main points of Resonant 7 is to help people cultivate an awareness of God’s presence.  When we are mindful He is near, it has a very profound effect on our ability to live for Him. That ability keeps us out of trouble by ensuring we are engaged in His will and ways.

Ask God to help you cultivate a continual awareness of His presence.  Ask Him to help you stay nearby, as opposed to wandering off and getting in all sorts of trouble.  Jesus is always near.  We simply need greater awareness of Him.

Jesus, Your presence makes the difference in every circumstance.   Help me to be quick to confess my need of You, and to live in Your presence.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

Continual Tuning!

Keep coming back and we will work help you remove the things that may hinder your longing for His return by cultivating an awareness of God’s presence.   We will help you tune your heart to live out your worship by providing resources like this to help you acknowledge the greatness of God as you become more Resonant, 7 days a week.

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Video 11.2 Transcript

Welcome to Tuesday Tunings at Resonant 7, where we reflect on the reality of God and resolve to let it resound in our lives, repeatedly. Let’s tune our hearts.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

Here we are again.  Another week, another stanza, and another 168 hours of experiencing our need of Jesus.  Maybe you became aware of your need as He seemed distant at some point. Truth is He is always closer than even your breath.  Tell Him you need Him.

If He seems distant, as the old adage says, remember it is Jesus who moved.  The point is, we often lack awareness of how near He is because we have learned to be comfortable being unaware of His presence.  Ask Him to heighten your awareness of His presence.

We all have temptations.  The important thing to remember is that temptations do not need to have us.  They seem so powerful when we try to overcome them on our own. That apparent power is diminished as our sense of the Lord’s presence is increased.

We cultivate our awareness of His presence when we confess our need of Him.  That awareness is the best weapon again temptations and the weaknesses of our lessor selves.  Ask the Lord to help you cultivate your spiritual sensitivity every hour.   

Take a few moments to talk to Jesus about what has surfaced in your heart, or just listen to what He is saying to you, then we will sing once more.

Sing

Take the awareness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes into the next ones and beyond.  Until next time, be Resonant.

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Do You Know How Much You Need God?

I Need Thee

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I Need Thee Every Hour
By: Annie S. Hawks, 1836-1911 (1872)

Listen to this beautiful piano version as you read, or watch the video then read.  

We begin a six week journey of exploring and expressing our constant need of God.  This must be a concept we become very comfortable practicing, for doing so takes us to a much deeper intimacy with God.  I pray you develop the habit of routinely telling our Lord how much you need Him during this journey.  Let’s tune our hearts.

I Need You

It is not easy to admit we need anything, until of course we are at the end of ourselves.  This reality alienates us from God, and others, in direct correlation with how self-sufficient we pretend to be.  And it can be a very subtle sufficiency, cloaked in the guise of not wanting to be a burden to others, or asking God for help, but let’s call it what it really is, sin.

As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God! Psalm 40:17 ESV

When we need deliverance from situations too big for us and help with circumstances too great, we have no trouble crying out for quick relief.  That’s good, but there is another kind of need with which we use reacquaint ourselves.  It is the continual awareness of our need for God, particularly in the mundane, that takes our relationship with Him to that deeper level.

In that moment we first realized we needed a Savior and that Jesus was willing to be ours, we easily declared, “I need You!”  Do you remember that moment?  “The hour (you) first believed” in God’s amazing grace?  It is just as amazing every other hour after that, and you certainly continue to need it, but something happens to all of us.

Over time we slowly become callous to our need of God all the time.

Can you recall the last ordinary moment you told Him you needed Him?  That might be a little tricky because ordinary moments are simply not very, well, extraordinary, so they are easy to forget.  Even still, is it a habit of yours to confess your need of God?

Tell Him right now.  God, I need You.  In this hour, I need You.  

Every Hour

Every Hour

Our need for God never changes, but our awareness of it does.

I am not even going to try to convince you of this one.  You are poor and needy, just embrace it, and the incredible truth that Jesus wants to help you.  You are on His mind.  Now, to develop your ability to keep yours on Him.

So what are you going to do about that?  May I make a suggestion.

Begin to develop this habit with one of these simple reminders today.

  1. Every time you pass through a doorway tell Him you need Him.  It is a good reminder that as you transition from one place to the next you need to confess your need of Him.
  2. Set an alarm for an hour from now.  When it goes off simply tell Him you need Him, and you are open to His care.  Then restart the alarm for an hour again, and repeat.

These are simple things but they can help cultivate an awareness of your need for God’s presence.

Which one will you do today?  Commit to one right now before this concept slips away, and with it several more hours when you could have been confessing your need for God.

Most Gracious Lord

Most Gracious Lord

What perspective of Jesus comes to mind in those moments when you are telling Him you need Him?

Consider this verse.

…the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.  Isaiah 30:18 ESV 

That first phrase really struck me.  Jesus is waiting to be gracious to you.  I think that means He is longing to do it, more than looking for the right circumstance.

Join that concept of longing with this image and I think that makes sense.  Jesus wants to be gracious to You, and actually is being gracious always, but we are unaware so His grace is effectively lost on us.  How sad that is, and how sad that must make Him.

I believe it makes Him sad for two reasons.

  1. He wants to be gracious to us because He loves us.  When we are unaware of it, I believes is saddens Him.
  2. He is exalted when He shows mercy to us, and since He is more aware than we are of just how worthy He is to be exalted, not doing so saddens Him.

Easy fix.  Make Jesus glad today and engage in exalting Him by telling Him how much you need Him.  Nothing makes Him happier.

You may just be surprised to learn that nothing will make you happier than that either.

Tell Him how much you need His grace.  Thank Him for it and receive it in this hour.  Then repeat it again in 60 minutes or less. 

Jesus, I need You continually, and I want to remember that at least hourly.  Help me to practice that today, and find myself reveling in the wonder of Your grace to me in my need. In Jesus name.  Amen.

Needful Tuning!

Keep coming back and we will work help you remove the things that may hinder your longing for His return by cultivating an awareness of God’s presence.   We will help you tune your heart to live out your worship by providing resources like this to help you acknowledge the greatness of God as you become more Resonant, 7 days a week.

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Video 11.1 Transcript

Welcome to Tuesday Tunings at Resonant 7, where we reflect on the reality of God and resolve to let it resound in our lives, repeatedly. Let’s tune our hearts.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

This is a beautiful place to begin, admitting to God you need Him.  Of course, that was easy to confess as you began the journey with Jesus, but often our self-sufficiency kicks in.  Tell Jesus you need Him in this hour. Then embrace of life of repeating that hourly.

The grace of our Lord makes it easy to admit our need.  But we often feel guilty about a thought, or word, or deed and let that keep us from coming.  Begin to develop the discipline of coming often to God, by asking Him right now to help you receive His grace.

Our gracious and gentle Shepherd said in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice.  I know them, and they follow me.” We must learn to tune our ears to hear His voice, and then follow wherever He leads.  Ask the Holy Spirit to tune you heart to identify Jesus’ tender voice.

We must learn to follow because doing so leads us to inner peace, even in the hours when things are not peaceful externally.  Have you experienced the peace of Jesus? Either way, ask Him right now to help you listen and learn the way.

Take a few moments to talk to Jesus about what has surfaced in your heart, or just listen to what He is saying to you, then we will sing once more.

Sing

Take the awareness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes into the next ones and beyond.  Until next time, be Resonant.

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I Need Thee – https://pixabay.com/photos/hands-hand-fold-woman-finger-work-2274255/
Every Hour – https://pixabay.com/photos/clock-alarm-clock-watch-time-old-1274699/
Most gracious Lord – https://pixabay.com/illustrations/painting-artwork-art-russian-art-1023419/

How to Help Your Soul Sing

Then Sings My Soul

Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
  How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee,
  How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

How Great Thou Art
By: Carl Gustaf Boberg (1859-1940)

Listen to this orchestral version as you read.  Please check out the video log below which will guide you through a worshipful reflection of this stanza, often only available to Subscribers and Free Members.

This week we close our consideration of this beloved hymn by looking into the refrain that comes as a response to each of the stanzas we have meticulously meandered through over the last four weeks.  Check out all those blogs and their media content in the Blogs tab at the top.  Take a few minutes today to ready your soul for your song of praise to our Savior and God.  Let’s tune our hearts.

Then Sings My Soul

We have all had them.  Those moments when God revealed Himself and we are left with a soul full of praise.  Sometimes it is in creation, other times in the beauty of daily living.  He certainly showed His greatness on the cross, and will when He returns.  Our souls sing in those moments, and sometimes our voices do as well. The Psalmist said it like this.

Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty…Psalm 104:1 ESV

The clear instruction in Scripture is for us to direct our souls to bless the Lord because He is great!  The soul can bless the Lord with or without the voice.  I am a singer so many times as I was praising my soul has become overwhelmed with a sense of God’s greatness, but an even more normal and regular occurrence is my soul responding to God’s greatness which leads to a song.  My soul leads the way, and my song becomes just one expression, albeit a very valuable and Biblical one.

No Microphone Necessary

You see, our praise more often does not need a microphone because our voice is not even involved.  We are called to live lives that declare the greatness of God, with or without a microphone.  I have had the opportunity to stand at a microphone in a studio an offer my praise to God.  It is thrilling and exciting, but mostly because I have had something great to sing about, my Savior God.

Far more often, there has been no microphone and no studio.  No one standing around to hear and no device to capture the sound.  And it didn’t matter because there was no sound to capture.  I simply poured out my praise from my soul to the heart of God.

Can you manufacture those moments?  I don’t believe so.  I do believe you can prepare for them, even though sometimes God just shows up and leaves your jaw-dropped on the ground.

We prepare by removing the hindrances which might impair our ability to observe His greatness, and cultivating the heart that easily acknowledge it.  But it is not a two-step process as much as an on-going discipline.

So I wonder what hindrances might need removing today?  Maybe you see them as distractions, but beware they may be hindrances masquerading as such.  If you are good in that area, what are you actively doing to cultivate a greatness-declaring soul?  Spend a few moments ask the Holy Spirit to disciple you in your praise-making.

How Great Thou Art

My Savior God to Thee

But sometimes you do need a microphone, and a guitar too!  You find yourself moments after the latest “then” and you MUST offer your praise to God.  Maybe you felt it in your soul, saw it with your eyes, heard it with your ears, etc., and you simply have to respond. 

…you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  2 Samuel 7:22 ESV

I think of this as the spontaneous praise of a heart that has been made aware of Who God is.  You can not cultivate this.  It just happens.  But it is more conducive in the heart that is free from hindrances.

How many people look at the grand vista of a sunset and either lack the capacity or are hindered to acknowledge the Maker of it?  How many feel the kindness of another and fail to see the One who is the Source of it?  How many wake to a new day and can not appreciate the new mercies it holds, each gifts from the Creator of them all?

We are all guilty of allowing these moments to slip by without entering into a rightful and appropriate “then”.  There are a cacophony of noises and distractions that fill our hearts with other responses.  Keep finding moments like this in your day to recalibrate.  We are here to help anytime.

I pray you will have many more “then” moments like the ones this great hymn deliniates.  I hope we can help you routinely remove hindrances to such expressions and be a source of encouragement as you cultivate a heart that anticipates them.  Ask Jesus to surprise you today with some revelation of His greatness.  Then sing from your soul.

Jesus, my soul sings of your greatness.  Help me remove the hindrances and distractions that might dampen my praise and cultivate the environments and perspectives that will allow it to resonate.    Then sings my soul.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

Great-ful Tuning!

Keep coming back and we will work help you remove the things that may hinder your longing for His return by cultivating an awareness of God’s presence.   We will help you tune your heart to live out your worship by providing resources like this to help you acknowledge the greatness of God as you become more Resonant, 7 days a week.

Like what you finding here?  Fill out the form to the right to get an email with each fresh post and updates of new tools to help you be Resonant.

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Everyone enjoy this video and transcript below!

Video 10.5 Transcript

Welcome to Tuesday Tunings at Resonant 7, where we reflect on the reality of God and resolve to let it resound in our lives, repeatedly. Let’s tune our hearts.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
  How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
  How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

In every one of those moments described in every preceding stanza, and so many more, my soul will sing to Him of His greatness.  When I consider His work in creation, my soul sings His greatness. Think on that work and give Him praise.

When I consider how He reveals Himself to me in the simple daily things and the significant momentous times my soul sings.  As I journey through the varying experiences of life, the highs and lows, and realize He presence ever with me, I am determined to give Him glory.  Will you?

As I reflect on His laying down His life to pay for my sins, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and worship.  Though I move along from His cross taking up my own, I want to routinely come back to the foot of it and give Him praise.  Look up, visualize His cross and thank Him for it.

All other moments of praise point to the last, eternal ones when finally in His glorious, heavenly presence we will offer Him praise as never before possible.  Ask Jesus to stir a longing for those moments, even as you make the most of every one of these.

Take a few moments to talk to Jesus about what has surfaced in your heart, or just listen to what He is saying to you, then we will sing once more.

Sing

Take the awareness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes into the next ones and beyond.  Until next time, be Resonant.

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