“Why Me Lord” is a hymn that has a humbling effect on everyone, it moves me each time I hear it.Though it may not be a “Y”, “Why Me Lord” makes us question the Lord as did St. Peter when the Lord came to wash his feet The very thought of God’s graciousness to us brings us to our knees, regardless of who we are and what we have achieved. We question ourselves, “What have I ever done to deserve” any such achievement. Such an attitude makes us acknowledge God’s propensity and our own fallibility. Here is the “Why Me Lord” story behind the hymn told and sung by Kris Kristofferson. (Photo:Palma Giovanne 1561Web Art Gallery).
The question Why Me has been asked by so many in the Holy Bible. When God calls someone there is always a why, a resistance or objection in terms of deficiency on the part of the one who is being called.
Call of Gideon: (Judges 6:11-13)
Angel:The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour [a force; virtue, strength: power, worthy].
Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
Call of Jeremiah: (Jeremiah 1:1-7)
When God called Jeremiah, he said: “I do not how to speak” and “I am only a child” God responded with His presence “I am with you”.”and a command “say whatever I command you” Though he was still young Jeremiah would rely on the knowledge of God and His will (Jer9:23-24)
Call of Isaiah: (Isaiah 6:1-6)
The call of Isaiah came to him in a vision. Isaiah saw God on a throne surrounded by angels in adoration:”Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.” The house where Isaiah was sitting shook, and was filled with smoke. Isaiah was filled with fear. He said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” The flew one of the Seraphims unto himhaving a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon his mouth, and said, “Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Isaiah heard the voice of God saying,”Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And Isaiah replied: Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:1-6)
And the best response to His call is this answer:
Call of Samuel: “Speak Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:9) together with “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God.”(Hebrew 10:7) is the best response when the Good Lord wants us to do what He wills. And ast St.James says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”(James 4:10)