I Need You

This song was born out of a difficult time in the life of songwriter David Ward. Overwhelmed by responsibilities – chiefly that of teaching God’s word, David felt more than ever his comprehensive, ever-present need for God’s presence. This is a beautiful hymn that explains exactly why we need our Lord Jesus so much. Even though in this song we are taught that we need Him because our hearts are dead, because we are always struggling with doubt, and because we need a friend who can understand our sorrows, we will truly never know how much we really need Him!


Verse 1:
I need You, precious Jesus! For I am full of sin;
My soul is dark and guilty, my heart is dead within;
I need the cleansing fountain, where I can always flee,
The blood of Christ most precious, the sinner's perfect plea.

O, I need You, how I need You.
I'll never know the depths to which
I need You.

Verse 2:
I need You, blessed Jesus! For I am very poor;
A stranger and a pilgrim, I have no earthly store;
I need the love of Jesus to cheer me on my way,
To guide my doubting footsteps, to be my strength each day.

Verse 3:
I need You, tender Jesus! I need a friend like You;
A friend to soothe my sorrows, to pour my heart out to.
I need the heart of Jesus to feel each anxious care,
To tell my ev'ry want to, and all my sorrows share.

Verse 4:
I need You, glorious Jesus! And hope to see You soon,
In majesty and power, and seated on Your throne:
There, with Your blood-bought children, my joy will ever be,
To sing Your praise, Lord Jesus, with You eternally!


Words by Frederick Whitfield (1861). Music by David L. Ward. Based on Psalm 116.
© 2003 Hymnicity
CCLI Song #4406970