I, the Lord of Sea and Sky (Here I Am, Lord) – Hymn 69

By: Alan Harvey

Posted: October 31, 2019

Category: Daily Devotional

Devotions Based on Hymns from Glory to God and Their Scriptural Allusions

READ: I Samuel 3:1-10

Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”

I Samuel :17

In Chapter 3 of the Old Testament book of I Samuel, we have the story of the calling of Samuel. He was living with Eli the priest and ministering with him. The Word of the Lord was rare in those days and visions were not widespread. Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord. Then the Lord called, “Samuel! Samuel!” He responded, “Here I am.”

Then Samuel ran to Eli and said, “Here I am for you called me. The priest Eli said, “I did not call you; go and lie down again.” The Lord called again, “Samuel! Samuel!” Again, Samuel got up and ran to Eli for your servant is listening.” He said, “Here I am, for you called me. Eli said again, “I did not call, my son, lie down again. The Lord called Samuel again, for the third time. Again, he went to the priest and Eli said, “I did not call.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling Samuel. Then Eli said, “Go lie down and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening. Again, the Lord called, and Samuel responded as Eli had instructed him: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.”

I the Lord of snow and rain, I have borne my people’s pain, I have wept for love of them, they turn away, I will break their hearts of stone, give them hearts for love alone I will speak my word to them. Whom shall I send? “Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.”

Likewise, God calls us … speaking to us in the recesses of our hearts, through meditating on God’s Word, through prayer, through the voices of family, friends, pastors, mentors, teachers, and sometimes even strangers. God can speak to us in church, in nature, and anywhere. God can call us as we are still and know that God is with us. Be assured God calls each one of us to tasks God has for us,


God, help us to be still and listen for Your voice. When we hear You call us, may we respond as did Samuel, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.” In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.