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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday's Hymn: I Need Thee Every Hour

I need thee ev'ry hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford.

I need thee, O I need thee,
Ev'ry hour I need thee,
O bless me now, my Saviour,
I come to thee.

I need thee ev'ry hour,
Stay thou near by;
Temptations lose their pow'r
When thou art nigh.

I need thee ev'ry hour,
In joy or pain;
Come quickly, and abide,
Or life is vain.

I need thee ev'ry hour,
Teach me thy will,
And thy rich promises
In me fulfil.

I need thee ev'ry hour,
Most Holy One;
O make me thine indeed,
Thou blessed Son.

Annie S. Hawks, 1872; refrain by Robert Lowry, 1872
Tune: Robert Lowry, 1872


ellen b. said...

I'm so enjoying the hymns posted this morning. This is another one that we talked about at our women's conference yesterday. The older I get in my faith the more I know that I need Him every hour!!

robert said...

Appreciated the quotation of Annie Hawks's hymn, "I Need Thee Every Hour." (And I do!) When things are going smoothly we tend to get complacent and not rely on the Lord. It's in the testing times that our faith grows.

But here's a little historical note: Did you know that the hymn "Moment by Moment" was written because of a comment made about the former hymn? A man said to the author, Daniel Whittle, that he didn't just need the Lord Jesus every hour, but every moment of the day, and Whittle turned the thought into a song.

I think you'd enjoy my blog site Wordwise Hymns, where, each day, I describe something that happened in hymn history on that date.

God bless.