Lamentations is a heartbreaking collection of poems. The people mourn their devastating circumstances. Their allies, or lovers, are unfaithful and do not rush to their aid. They are destitute. Others only look on in horror at how badly the city had been ransacked. Lamentations are the desperate cry of human hearts that realize they need the Lord.
There are many who have only a superficial need of GOd. They want the religious good-boy or good girl stamp upon their lives. They have everything they want. They do anything they want. God is only a matter of convenience in their lives, but when the pleasantries of life conflict with the convenience of God, He loses. This trend continues until the wrath of God (as Jeremiah calls it) or the chastening of the Lord (as Solomon calls it in Proverbs 3:11-12) falls upon their lives. Their security crumbles. All their pleasantries poof into smoke. All of a sudden, they realize how desperately they need the Lord.
The people of Judah came to this realization, but only after they experienced much sorrow, loss, and pain. The only way you can change your experience is to cling to the Lord and rehearse in your heart, “Lord, I need you.”
Ron Hamilton was twenty-seven years old when he went for a routine eye exam. The doctor, concerned about his left eye, sent for more tests to be done. In a few weeks, Ron was rolled into the operating room with little idea of what would happen. After the surgery, his wife greeted him with the news, “The doctor found cancer. Your left eye is gone.” From that moment, Ron Hamilton has used this tragic moment in his life as a platform to minister in the lives of thousands of children around the world. As a real-life “pirate,” he has embodied the character Patch the Pirate and taught children the truths of Scripture through his adventures. One of the songs Ron Hamilton has written is a powerful reminder for you. Read through the words and see if it isn’t a healthy reminder, “Lord, I Need You.”
Sometimes when life seems gentle and blessings flood my way,
I turn my gaze away from You and soon forget to pray.
But when the sky grows darker and courage turns to fear,
My anxious voice cries upward with words You long to hear.Lord help me to remember I’m weak but You are strong.
I cannot sing apart from You, for Lord, You are my song.
Though I’m prone to wander and boast in all I do.
Lord, keep my eyes turned upward so I depend on You.Lord, I need You when the sea of life is calm.
O Lord, I need You when the wind is blowing strong.
Whether trials come or cease, keep me always on my knees.
Lord, I need You. Lord, need You.