Daily Devo “I Need Thee”

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This morning on my way to work I was listening to a random Spotify playlist and a version of the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” came on and the words spoke to me on a whole new level. I have listened or sang this song so many times and it never clicked. I always viewed it as “just another hymn” and would then move on. But the words are deep and express a fervent need that I think we may have lost today. Here are the words just in case we need a refreshing.

I need thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like thine
Can peace afford

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour
Stay thou near by
Temptations loose their power
When thou art nigh

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

I need thee every hour
Most holy one
Oh make me thine indeed
Thou blessed son

I need thee oh I need thee
Every hour I need thee
Oh bless me now my savior
I come to thee

Notice how every line starts, I need thee every hour, that right there I want to be my heart’s song. In fact, we have a personal account of the genesis of “I Need Thee Every Hour”: Hawks writes, “One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks during a bright June morning [in 1872]. 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 were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me — ‘I Need Thee Every Hour. . . .

How true that is. That in everything both joy and pain we need God in every hour of our lives. Sometimes I lose sight of this and I think I can change things or I can help someone find joy. But only God, the source of joy, can do that. Sometimes my wife gets in a mood and I want to help her become happy. But the deep well that joy comes from needs to be filled with God before anyone can draw that wellspring up. Today I think we need this hymn and its reminder more than ever. So I leave you with these words and this video for you. Pray to God and let’s find our joy!

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