I posted this 4 years ago on Facebook:
I woke up early this morning singing (if you can call what I do singing) this:
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior!
I come to Thee.
It is from an old hymn called “I Need Thee Every Hour” and I have not heard it in many, many years. It SURE is true that I DO need Him every hour of EVERY day in my life. Left to myself, I would mess everything up! Even Jesus said that He did not do or say anything He did not first see His Father do or say. If Jesus needed the instruction of His Father, how much MORE do I need Him in my daily life!
Now to the second part, “Oh, bless me now, my Savior! I come to Thee.” Sometimes Christians have the mentality that if we come to the Lord, it is His duty to bless us with the things we want. We tell Him what WE want and expect Him to do what we want and bless us with those things, even though what WE want may not be anything close to what HE wants for us. He does NOT want us to come to Him like we come to an all-you-can-eat buffet where we can pick and choose ONLY what we want and as much of it as we want. There was a very dangerous (and false) teaching that went around many years ago and maybe some misguided teachers are still teaching it. They took one verse in the Bible (totally out of context) and developed a whole teaching on it. Here is the verse: 11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. Isaiah 45:11 (KJV). The teaching was that WE can command God. Now, if you go and read that verse in context, it is clear that God is telling us NOT to question Him and what He does. He is the one who is God, not us! Here it is in context from another version of the Bible: 9 Woe to him who strives with his Maker!—a worthless piece of broken pottery among other pieces equally worthless [and yet presuming to strive with his Maker]! Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you think you are making? or, Your work has no handles? 10 Woe to him [who complains against his parents that they have begotten him] who says to a father, What are you begetting? or to a woman, With what are you in travail? 11 Thus says the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Would you question Me about things to come concerning My children, and concerning the work of My hands [would you] command Me? 12 I made the earth and created man upon it. I, with My hands, stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.
The point I am trying to make is that we need to come to the Lord humbly, recognizing that HE is God and He will decide what we need and give us those things. We can ask God to meet our needs and He will but what we perceive to be needs may not REALLY be needs! If we got everything we wanted, it would probably destroy us. We also need to approach God in an attitude of wanting to bless HIM. Instead of a “bless me Lord” attitude, we need to go to the Lord in an “I want to bless you Lord” attitude. Ask the Lord today; “How can I bless you today Lord?”