I Need Thee Every Hour 1


So often in my prayers, I find myself drawn to the words to the beloved hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour”. I am frequently overwhelmed as I try to discipline, nurture, home-school, feed, and all the other tasks that are required in a day of caring for 4 young children. I am daily in need of wisdom, strength, consistency, and patience, and I cannot do all that is required of me with out my precious Father’s help.

I decided tonight to look up the origin of the song, and was interested to find this quote by the author, Annie Hawks, “One day as a young wife and mo­ther of 37 years of age, I was bu­sy with my reg­u­lar house­hold tasks. Sud­den­ly, I be­came so filled with the sense of near­ness to 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 thought at once tak­ing full pos­sess­ion of me.”

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 nearby;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh.

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

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

I need thee every hour,
most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed,
thou blessèd Son.


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  • Selina Bergey

    Robin–Thank you so much for sharing this! “I Need Thee Every Hour” takes on so much more meaning now.
    And I’m with you on the exhausting, yet rewarding task of motherhood:)…