A remote mobile home gleams faintly in the crisp Autumn sunrise. Within that metal refuge in the high deserts of central Oregon, a young mother is having a quiet time with the Lord. Her toddler is still asleep. Her husband is a full time college student, and the couple is surviving on $400 per month. They have no home church, no friends nearby, and she does not drive. Even the expense of a long distance phone call might leave them without milk or bread in weeks to come.

Such is the backdrop of Laurie Klein’s classic praise song, “Love You, Lord”, written in 1974.

“It was a very hopeless time, a very depressed time,” she summarizes. “I felt the poverty of my own life keenly at that point, both emotionally and physically.”

“That morning I was so empty,” she says, recalling her time with the Lord. “I knew I didn’t have anything to offer Him. I asked if He would like to hear me sing . . if He would just give me something He would be in the mood to hear.”

Klein describes “I Love You, Lord”, as a gift from God that emerged spontaneously: “I sang the first half and put the chords with it with no effort,” she says. 

 

I love You Lord 
and I lift my voice 
To worship You 
O my soul, rejoice!

Intrigued and moved by these words, she remembers thinking, “maybe I should write that down.” She stopped long enough to get a pen. When she came back, the last two phrases came just as easily:

Take joy, my King 
in what you hear 
May it be a sweet, sweet sound 
in Your ear.

I love how Laurie asked God to give her something that He would be in the mood to hear, and he gave her the words, “I love You, Lord”.  This week’s worship set is going to have a major theme of God’s greatness, His majesty, His wonder. We are going to sing:

Everlasting God

God of Wonders

Glory to God Forever

There is a Higher Throne

But we are going to end with the simple chorus “I love You, Lord” penned by Laurie out of a difficult time in her life in 1974. May this song be our heartfelt response to a God that is awesome and mighty and a friend of sinners.

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