By Contributing Writer, Shannon Cimato
One of my all-time favorite hymns is, “I Need Thee Every Hour” by Annie S. Hawks. When I was a childish young girl, I would feel weak from holding the heavy, old Baptist hymnal and mumble the words along with the church organist. I did not take to heart what the words meant.
At this point in my life, I cling to these beautiful lyrics!
The scripture that this hymn is inspired by is John 15:4-5, “Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me, you can do nothing.”
We need the Lord. We need Him, not only every hour, but every second of every day! We are nothing without him and are unable to bear fruit on our own.
But, how often do I not even give a thought to the Lord? I just go about my day, feeling sorry for myself if things are not going my way. What is worse is when things are going fantastically and I give him no thought—am I truly abiding in Him?
The fruit needs to form and mature. I need to fully rely on my precious Father to grow me.
Annie S. Hawks wrote this poem when she was in a good place in her life. She felt the Spirit gave her the words “I need thee every hour” while she was cleaning one morning. She realized her need for the Savior in every season, but she really felt the impact of these words when she had a personal loss and grief in her life. She is quoted as saying, “For myself, the hymn, at its writing was prophetic rather than expressive of my own experiences.”
As a mom, I am constantly reminded of my need for a Savior. I see sinfulness in myself and in my children. I want to bear fruit, but I certainly can’t do it on my own. I need to continue on in my relationship with the Lord…every hour, every minute, every second of every day. I can’t do anything without fully relying on Him and living for Him.
Thank you, Lord, for creating me to need you and being there for me!
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 nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is 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;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
What is your favorite hymn and how do the lyrics speak to you?