I need Thee every hour

We like to think we are strong and independent, that we can handle anything that comes our way. However, as soon as life crumbles around us, we realise we desperately need our gracious Lord and can't cope without Him. We need to hear His voice, to feel His arms around us. God is our refuge, He is ever faithful and He never changes. His compassion never fails and we need Him every hour. 

Annie S. Hawks wrote the hymn "I need thee every hour". Annie, a young wife and mother, writes that one sunny day in June, 1872, she was busy with her household tasks. Suddenly she became filled with the sense of nearness to the Lord. She wondered how anyone could go through trials and sorrow without God. She realized that God was near in joy or in pain. Annie then penned the words to “I Need Thee Every Hour.”.

When Annie’s husband died sixteen year later, she found that her own hymn was among her greatest comforts. She had not understood how her words had touched so many hearts until the shadow of a great loss fell her way. (source)

We can only find complete peace when we truly rely on God for everything. 

I need thee every hour
(Words by Annie S Hawks, 1872)

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

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

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


I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in 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;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou bless├Ęd Son.



  1. This was a beautiful post and I greatly appreciate you sharing this lovely hymn with us. Have a blessed day. Hugs!

  2. Thank you, Jo, for this post. It is a good reminder and the story behind the hymn was interesting to read. Sometimes, though, in times of deepest distress I think we should sing, "I need thee every minute." I know there have been times like that in my life.

    The daffodil photos are SO pretty. They are one of my favorite flowers! :-) Just like sunshine in the form of flowers.

    1. Completely agree - daffodils (and daisies) are sunshine that we can pick and place in our homes :)) My favourite too.

      Yes, Sometimes we really do need Him every second/min :)))

  3. These photos are so beautiful! :)
    This hymn is very beautiful also and it was interesting to read the story behind it. I think it's important for us to remember that we need the Lord just as much when life is going "smoothly" as we do when things are tough and we flee to Him for refuge. :)


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