Needing God Every Hour

Nahum 1:7: The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.

Isaiah 26:4: Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.

Psalm 9:10: Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

1 Peter 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

One of my favorite old hymns is “I Need Thee Every Hour”. This great hymn was written by Annie Sherwood Hawks in 1872 and is thought to have been based on the exhortation of Jesus in John 15 verses 4 and 5:

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.[1]

Well, a short time before her death, on January 3rd, 1918, Mrs Hawks gave the full background story. “I remember well the circumstances under which I wrote the hymn. It was a bright June day, and I became so filled with the sense of the nearness of my Master that I began to wonder how anyone could live without Him, in either joy or pain. Suddenly, the words I need Thee every hour, flashed into my mind, and very quickly the thought had full possession of me.

Seating myself by the open windows, I caught up my pencil and committed the words to paper – almost as they are today. A few months later Dr. Robert Lowry composed the tune for my hymn and also added the refrain.

For myself, the hymn, at its writing, was prophetic rather than expressive of my own experiences, for it was wafted out to the world on the wings of love and joy, instead of under the stress of great personal sorrow, with which it has often been associated.

At first I did not understand why the hymn so greatly touched the throbbing heart of humanity. Years later, however, under the shadow of a great loss, I came to understand something of the comforting power of the words I had been permitted to give out to others in my hours of sweet serenity and peace.[2]

I experienced one of those days today where I was completely overwhelmed with the thought that I need Jesus in my life every hour of every day. Realizing that I am wholly dependent upon my Lord and Savior, I began to pray short prayers for Christ to be with me today. As the hours of the day passed by, my dependence and need for Christ grew stronger. I can’t do life on my own. I need my Lord and Savior to guide me and to walk beside me every step of my life. And sometimes like today, I need him to carry me.



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