“I Need Thee Every Hour”

Posted: February 2, 2019 in Christian Life, Songs, Thanksgiving

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all depend on other people to supply services and/or products for our needs. Just suppose that everyone won a million dollars and quit his/her job. Stores would be closed. We’d be without food, water, electricity, phone, the Internet, and other vital services. Travel would come to a halt and life would be miserable for most of us. It might be like being hit by an EMP bomb. [1] Question – When was the last time you thanked someone for his/her service? When was the last time you gave thanks to God for what He has done, is doing, and will do for you?

Giving Thanks. The restaurant was crowded.  Just as an older man was about to begin his meal, a younger man approached him and asked if he could join him at his table.  “Sure, have a seat,” the older gentleman said.  Then, as was his custom, he bowed his head in prayer. When he opened his eyes, the young fellow asked, “Do you have a headache?” He replied, “No, I don’t.”  “Well, is there something wrong with your food?” “No, I was simply thanking God as I always do before I eat.” 

The younger fellow said, “Oh, you’re one of those, are you? Well, I want you to know I never give thanks. I earn my money by the sweat of my brow and I don’t have to give thanks to anybody when I eat. I just start right in!”  The older man paused for a moment and then said, “Yes, you’re just like my dog. That’s what he does too!”

God’s Will. Christians are supposed to give thanks in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and for all kinds of people who come into our lives (1 Timothy 2:1). Consider some of the serious consequences of failing to acknowledging God’s existence and refusing to give thanks to Him (Romans 1:18 ff; Psalm 9:17). Does this describe you at this time? Are you a Christian who is acting like an atheist?

Dependent. God designed us in such a way so that we are dependent on others. He gifted each of us with talents/skills that can/should be used to glorify Him by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31), and so that we can be a blessing to others and have joy in our lives.  J.O.Y. comes by placing Jesus first, others next, and yourself last. It is a part of the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23). Think about the things that you can/should do to bless others (James 4:17). “What do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? Are you thinking more highly of yourself than you should think (Romans 12:3) and acting in pride (See Proverbs 6:16-18; Isaiah 14:14; 1 Peter 5:6)? If so, STOP! Otherwise you are about to be humbled. See what happened to proud King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:1 ff) and King Herod (Acts 12:23).

Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We wouldn’t be alive had not God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, formed Adam out of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives physical and spiritual life (Genesis 2:7; 3:19). God is the One who keeps us alive (Acts 17:28; Colossians 1:17) and determines the time and manner of the Christian’s death (1 Thessalonians 4:14). Do you know the difference between your “potential” and “actual” years? If not, ask us about this. In the Old Testament times the devil held the “keys of death” and took Job’s 10 children at one time (Hebrews 2:14; Job 1:18, 19). Today Christ holds the keys (Revelation 1:18).

Annie Hawks. She was a busy mother of three active children. One day, while at her regular household tasks, she began to wonder how anyone could really live, either in joy or in pain, without God’s help. This thought led her to write the words to the song that is still sung in some churches.

“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.”

Comfort. God comforts believers so that we can comfort others in their time of need (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). While every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7), some believers are given a special ability to exhort others by coming alongside of them (Romans 12:8; See 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Hebrews 3:13; 10:24, 25). The Apostle Paul wrote, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” and “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 5:13; 6:10). Christ’s new commandment involves our loving fellow believers as He has loved us (John 13:34, 35; See 1 John 3:16, 17).

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.

Refrain

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

Refrain

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

Refrain

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

Refrain

Help. Are you humble enough to recognize and admit your need for God’s help and from others (James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5, 6)? Or are you walking in pride? God hates it (Proverbs 6:16-18)? Beware! You are about to fall (1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). Have you responded to God’s grace and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not now? You may not be alive tomorrow (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

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[1] EMP Information: So what will happen if we are hit by a massive EMP blast?  Well, according to a government commission that investigated this issue, approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population could potentially die from starvation, disease and societal chaos within one year.  It would be a disaster unlike anything that we have ever seen before in U.S. history.  Read more at:  https://www.infowars.com/what-are-you-going-to-do-when-a-massive-emp-blast-fries-the-u-s-electrical-grid/

[2] “I Need Thee Every Hour” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8IpwD2Ugds

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/i/n/e/ineedteh.htm

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