Most days I listen to Sam Robson’s version of “I Need Thee Every Hour”. It helps me remember to request the presence of Jesus into my home and life. While His word indicates He is always with us, I find that my mind will go for hours without thinking or speaking to Him. Reminding myself I need Him even every hour of the day helps me stay in a state of reliance on Him. That state I don’t want to move from. He doesn’t need me, I need Him. As you read through the text of the song notice the urgency in which Annie Hawks the author, is requesting of Jesus.

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
Refrain:
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.

This beautiful tune was penned in 1872, not out of deep despair or trial. Annie was in the middle of her daily routine when she felt the love and presence of Jesus come to her. She wrote these words as she wondered how anyone could endure life without knowing Jesus. Several years after the song was published her husband died and waiting for her were the words that echoed in her heart, “Oh I need, every hour I need thee”. Imagine that 152 years later this song was waiting for my ears and yours, Jesus oh how I need thee, every hour I need thee, I come to you.

Do you go for hours even days without thinking about or connecting to Jesus? If life is easy or hard right now I encourage you to begin reconnecting with Him on a regular basis. What will it do for you? For me He brings peace, He brings joy, love, gentleness, grace, mercy and wholeness of life. If you are lacking in any of these areas just say, “Jesus, I need you”.

Thanks Annie for the tune and thanks Sam for the moving rendition, you bless me.

SBSTERN