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11.6.19 – “I Need Thee Every Hour”

This morning I found myself writing to the Lord about about a few things I’m going through –“old” struggles that have suddenly popped up again that I’m rather frustrated about.

And then I finished with this…

“Lord, I need Your help!”

…And it was like in that moment I broke open before the Lord…I felt such a desperation for His help to see me through this stupid struggle.

Then suddenly I heard these lyrics from a hymn playing in my head over and over…

“Lord I need Thee, oh I need Thee… every hour I need Thee…”

I knew I’ve heard it before, so I looked it up…

It’s called, “I need Thee Every Hour” by Annie Hawks.

“…it is a testament to her constant devotion to the Lord, praising the divine blessings of her savior. Hawks stated that this hymn comes from a place of love and joy, an expression of her great appreciation for the salvation found in God.”

It is said that Annie later wrote,

“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. The hymn was wafted out to the world on the wings of love and joy, rather than under the stress of great personal sorrow. It was not until long years after when the shadow of a great loss fell over my way that I understood something of the comforting in the words I have been permitted to write.”

“I Need Thee Every Hour”

I need thee every hour,
most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine
can peace afford.

Refrain:
I need thee, O I need thee;
every hour I need thee!
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to thee.

I need thee every hour,
stay thou near by;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh. [Refrain]

I need thee every hour, 
in joy or pain;
come quickly, and abide,
or life is vain. [Refrain]

I need thee every hour;
teach me thy will,
and thy rich promises
in me fulfill. [Refrain]

-Heather ?

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