Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to the world so that we could become righteousness. By dying on the cross and rising again the debt of our sins have been paid. Now that Jesus has ascended, He is constantly pleading with God for us. The fact that we are saved and forgiven by the blood of Jesus does not mean that we are not constantly in need of saving. It does not mean that we will not sin and fall short of the glory of God. This will be true of mankind until Jesus comes again, when the new heaven and new earth is the reality.
Knowing that God is faithful gives us the confidence when approaching His throne. That is what this song is about – declaring corporately our need for a Savior. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)” We must publicly declare our need for Jesus while knowing full well that “where sin runs deep [God’s] grace is more (Verse 2).” This song does a great job of proclaiming the knowledge of who Jesus is while still showing our fallenness.
Christ is our one defense and our righteousness (Chorus). In your joy, you need to still say, “Lord, I need You, oh I need You, every hour I need You (Chorus),”—not just in your brokenness and darkest times. I think that’s a struggle for people. A lot of Christians tend to look around and think the world is in a dark place, we’re struggling economically and there’s so much division in our country, but there’s always a reason to have joy. Christ is enough for us. Christ is everything that we need in life.