I Need Thee Every Hour

Here comes another weekly does of Music Monday!

Today at work I was given some sound words from a regular customer who always come in with a cheerful smile. While serving many grumpy, miserable people this man always stood out. In the chaos of everything there he would be, still and sure of who he is and who he serves. He was telling me about how his jolly smile and personality warrants a lot of conversation amongst strangers, acquaintances and friends. He made it clear to me that he could smile not because of the old fashion reason people like to say… “life is too short” rather because life is a blessing and because he relies on God EVERY hour. Not every other week or once in a while, but E-V-E-R-Y hour.

One of the sweetest refrains in English Christian hymnody is this:
I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.

It is not the skill of the hymn’s construction that makes it so powerful. It is the colossal truth it so beautifully expresses. Like the song writer, this customer does not rely on his own might or strength to get him through each day, but God’s strength and that’s why he can smile. When we find ourselves miserable that’s when we’ve put our own skills to the test.

Oh I Need Thee
We need God.

It is not until we feel in the depths of our souls emptiness without Christ and our inconsolable loneliness when we are out of fellowship with God, and molecular evil, that we know just how much we need God. Let us not grow strong in pride and act like every is alright because we do people a disservice when we hide what God has done for us. We are not superman or superwoman, we need God. The problem today is that no one is transparent anymore.

Every Hour I Need Thee
Need drives us to prayer, and our need for God is great, whether we acknowledge that or not. We need God every hour and we need him to show us this level of need.

O Bless Me Now, My Saviour
When we really come to Christ, we find in him all the rest and all the forgiveness for our sin-infected burdens that we need. Provision is found in Christ (Philippians 4:19)
In Christ is all our wealth (Ephesians 3:8)
In Christ is all our righteousness (Philippians 3:9)
Through Christ comes the abounding grace (2 Corinthians 9:8)
There’s real power (1 Corinthians 4:20)

I Come To Thee
We need to come to God alone and continually. We come asking, seeking and knocking (Luke 11:9).

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