Thursday, February 21, 2008

i need thee every hour

I don't think that any song that I've ever sung in my entire life has ever even come close to the power of these lines:

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


The truth of these lines when you think of the Lord's prayer (lead me not into temptation) and 1 Corinthians 10:13 and so many other passages just makes my soul go crazy.

I sing this song constantly. When I feel the rush of my flesh welling up I pray this song to God and He graciously answers many times. When my mind begins to delve into matters it shouldn't this song burst forth and drives many wretched thoughts away.

The rest of the song is nearly as good. Here are the rest of the lyrics:

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

Refrain: 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.


May God keep us all from temptation,

-joe

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