Story Behind the Song: More of You

The words from the song "More of You" were inspired by my desperate need for more of God in my life.  And by one of my favorite human encounters with Jesus while he walked in the earth:  the story of the Samaritan woman. 

"So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob's well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from his journey, sat down by the well. 

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, 'Will you give me a drink?' 

The Samaritan woman said to him, 'You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.  How can you ask me for a drink?' (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 

Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.' 

'Sir,' the woman said, 'you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.  Where can you get this living water?' 

Jesus answered, 'Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.' 

The woman said to him, 'Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.'" -John 4:5-7, 9-11, 13-15 

This passage really speaks to me because the woman is concentrating on earthly matters while Jesus is talking about completely different spiritual matters.  Ouch, that sounds all too familiar! 

So often, I go to God asking him to just give me this job or that accolade, and I will be content.  Meanwhile, He's calling me to hunger and thirst for deeper things, like seeking His face instead of His hand, knowing that true fulfillment only comes from fixing my eyes above material trappings that won't ever make me happy. 

"More of You" is a song that reminds me to keep my focus on those deeper things. 

"More of You, More of You, 
God, I need much more of You. 
My soul longs to see Your glory, 
May I drink from You and never thirst again." 

When we partake of the One who offers living water, it truly "satisfies every need within".

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