I Need Thee Every Hour (Hymn)

VERSE 1
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.

VERSE 2
I need Thee every hour,
stay Thou near by;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh.

VERSE 3
I need Thee every hour, 
in joy or pain;
come quickly, and abide,
or life is vain.

VERSE 4
I need Thee every hour;
teach me Thy will,
and Thy rich promises
in me fulfill.

Words and Music by Annie Sherwood Hawks / Robert Lowry © Public Domain

A Prayer of David. Incline your ear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you–you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours. All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.

Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name. I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever. Psalms 86:1-12 ESV

Story behind this hymn

Annie Sherwood Hawks gives this history to the poem she wrote, “I Need Thee Every Hour.”   I remember well the morning . . . when in the midst of the daily cares of my home . . . I was so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him either in joy or pain, into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me . . . For myself the hymn was prophetic rather than expressive of my own experience at the time it was written, and I do not understand why it so touched the great throbbing heart of humanity.

She gave the simple poem to her pastor Dr. Robert Lowry.  As he read and re-read it he realized that Anne had produced her finest work of poetry.  He sat at his organ and composed the tune and then added a chorus to complete the work. ~http://hishymnhistory.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-need-thee-every-hour.html

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