People need the Lord

People need the Lord, people need the Lord.th-93
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize, people need the Lord?

It’s a song written and recorded by Steve Green and covered by numerous Christian artists. It quickly became a standard in middle-of-the-road contemporary Christian music. It’s one of those songs that is over-obvious. When you first hear it, you are sure you have heard it before. But if you try and put it down, it keeps popping up, because it’s a song that has captured beauty in simplicity that states a dead-on truth.

When I first heard this song I thought it was too simple. “People need the Lord.” Duh … yeah. It was too big to be said in a sentence. But I must say that over time, this song has worn a deep groove in my soul. The reason it meets us at a deep level is because we realize when we hear it that we need the Lord, and understanding that, is a way of meeting the real need we know that is in everybody.

As long as we know we are among those people who need the Lord. Indeed that is the only flaw in the song, if I separate myself out from those who are in need — if it’s only other people who need the Lord — then I am aloof and ineffective as a bearer of the gospel. I am just an observer.

Don’t you know that when Billy Graham bowed his head in that famous prayer stance as people came forward night after night in his crusades, that he was coming forward too in his own heart. He was connecting with his own need for the gospel he preaches. Otherwise he would be way too arrogant. He needs the message just as much as anybody. He is as grateful as anybody else for his salvation. It has to be or God wouldn’t have blessed the man as He did.

It’s a good way to go into the New Year. It gives you a way to look at everyone. It puts you on the inside track to what every human being longs for. It’s that quiet desperation — that deep down loneliness that grips when the music stops and the party’s over. It’s what you know is true because you know it for yourself before you know it for anybody else: People need the Lord.

Now, more than ever: people need the Lord.

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One Response to People need the Lord

  1. Mark Seguin says:

    Always luved that song! Because it reminded me of my need of Him.

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