I Need Thee Every Hour

There is a well known hymn titled I Need Thee Every Hour that holds a special place in my heart.

It has always meant that I didn’t have to be alone. It has helped me through difficult times and strengthened me when I felt weak.

Written by poet and songwriter Annie Hawks in 1872, and given life musically soon after by the well known composer Dr. Robert Lowry, this hymn has become a common refrain of prayer for Christians of many faiths.

About the song, the author said…

“I remember well, the morning when in the midst of the daily cares of my home, I was so filled with the sense of the nearness of the Master, that wondering how one could live without him either in joy or pain, these words “I Need Thee Every Hour” were ushered into my mind.”                 Annie Hawks

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What does this mean to you?

For me, it’s the comforting knowledge that no matter how hard my life is, I do not have to be alone.

Read the words and feel their meaning for you, personally.

I need thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour
Stay thou near by
Temptations loose their power
When thou art nigh

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour
Most holy one
Oh make me thine indeed
Thou blessed son

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour…. why?

Personally, I’ve spent too many days walking alone. I find that I often feel frustrated, aimlessly trying to figure out what I should be doing, and then without really knowing, pushing forward blindly to do it.

When I do this I almost always struggle. I know this is because my efforts are not spent towards my true purpose. I too often fail to fully learn and appreciate my true purpose. I fail to understand not just what I am meant to do, but why I am meant to do it.

The real problem is that I am trying to figure it all out on my own. By doing this, however, I will likely never truly understand.

I’ve come to realize that only if I turn to Him, seeking guidance and clarity, will I be empowered in all that I wish to do.

Truly, I need Him, walking side by side with me, every hour, so that I can know I am doing what I am supposed to.

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I had a humbling experience the other day.

I was feeling so overwhelmed and uncertain of what I was meant to be doing with my life right now. I felt as though I was constantly racing along a path that kept colliding with a wall that was hedging up against me.

The trouble was that I felt I knew no other way to go. My path was what I felt life had presented to me. I was doing what it seemed I was supposed to be doing. And yet, I felt so unsure of each and every step I was taking. Nothings seemed to be working, and I felt frustrated and alone.

The words of this hymn came to my mind, and I turned to Him in prayer. I confessed to Him that I did not know what I was supposed to be doing, and that I felt uncertain and confused of my direction and efforts.

In those moments of honest reflection, I felt a reminder of who I was. I remembered the things I did have a sure knowledge of. I was directed to remember that I have always known what brought me peace. I knew what made me feel whole. Likewise, I also knew what did not.

I recognized that I had not been on His path. I had let the world dictate my path, and I chose to let that path lead me.

For the slightest moment I felt regret and shame for my failure, but then almost instantly I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and love. I needed Him, and in coming to Him, He had come to me.

I knew what I had to do.

Well, I didn’t actually know what to do, but I at least knew the first step.

I knew that if I simply stepped forward with the one single step of certainty I did have, the certainty that He had told me the direction I was supposed to be facing, He would guide me.

In that quiet moment, He helped me realize what my first step should be.

I knew that no matter how unclear his path felt to me, if I truly turned to Him, and needed Him in that moment I took the step, He would bless and guide me. I felt a recollection of the truth I had learned long ago, that I did not need to see the entire path ahead, I simply needed to see the next step… and then the next step… and so on.

I knew that if I did that for each step along His path, taking single faith filled steps forward one at a time according to the dimly but clearly illuminated path he was leading me on, I would be ok.

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I still do not know any more than that next, single step.

Sitting down to write this was part of that step. I knew that I was supposed to share this message. I knew I was supposed to inspire someone else who is standing still, scared to move, unsure of their next step.

He is waiting, wanting to hear from each of us, waiting for us to need Him… every hour.

I know it seems so simple, and yet, it is the one and only thing that gives me absolute peace.

Test it. Trust it. Trust Him.

We need Him every hour. Let us come unto Him.

 

Question: When have you had to step forward with pure faith? What was your experience? Leave a comment below.

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