I Need Thee Every Hour

Aug 16

Old hymns have a special place in my heart.  I could sit and listen to them for hours.  I grew up singing all the hymns in the Baptist hymnal.  Some of my favorite memories are of Sunday night sings-alongs where the congregation got to choose their favorite hymns.  Gerald Alexander or Mr. A, as we called him, would lead the sweet group of believers of Stone Mountain First Baptist Church in a time of praise and worship to our Lord the King.  

Always quick to raise my hand, I would ask for hymn number 287 – Pass it On.  I can hear it now.  “It only takes a spark, to get a fire going…”  As the years have passed, other hymns have won my heart.  The hymn I’m sharing today is I Need Thee Every Hour, written by Annie Hawks.  
This is what Annie had to say about the hymn.
“One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour,’ were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me.” 

As a young wife and mother myself, I can attest to needing Him every hour.  I’m thinking if I wrote this song it would be called, “I Need Thee Every Minute.”  Sixteen years later, Annie’s husband died, and she found solace in the words of her own song.  She commented they meant even more after the loss of her precious spouse for they never rang truer.
Here is Selah singing Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour.  Let this be the prayer of your heart today.

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P.S.  Don’t forget to come back Monday for part 3 of the installment of “Hello, my name is…”  If you missed part 1 and part 2, scroll down to read those first.

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  • Earthmommy Aug 16 at 7:22 am

    This is one of my favorite traditional hymns. I can recall singing it as a youngster at the samll town church I attended back then. Thanks for the sweet memory!

  • Xandra@Heart-of-Service Aug 16 at 1:47 pm

    Ever since I heard Selah sing this song, it’s what I think of when I hear the title! Even when my family is singing it around the piano, Nicole Sponberg’s voice is echoing in my mind…

    I remember loving to sing that hymn “Pass It On” too! The older people did not like it…too modern, but we loved it! LOL!


  • Peggy Aug 16 at 3:44 pm

    Blessings Carol…Old special hymns just never loose their meaning and importance. I Need Thee Every Hour is exactly that a constant prayer and plea not just of a mother but each of us(probably moms the most).

    You could not have chosen a better version then with SELAH:the best!

    I remember “Pass it On” you want to pass it on…didn’t think it was a hymn but a folk song.

    The words of Annie were such a bonus and truly inspired me o draw near to the Master today! Thanks!

    I don’t know how much longing I can take this suspense you’re drawing out…on “Hello,…Is this true? Is it about you or a kid?
    Help me out here(lol)!See ya’…after you enjoy your weekend!

  • Mocha with Linda Aug 16 at 6:04 pm

    Ditto Xandra’s comment. No one can sing it like Selah. And Pass It On was a classic. Although it raised a few eyebrows when it got put in the hymnal in 1975!

  • Cheryl Aug 16 at 8:20 pm


    Doesn’t it make you wonder how people do get along without HIM?

    I remember those Sunday night services as well. Thanks for sharing!


  • Christina Aug 18 at 3:33 am

    Beautiful. I have to say I’m with you on the every 3 minute thing.

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