3.04.2015

Do I recognize my need?

At our last Mom's Night of Encouragement and Prayer we worked our way through our theme song - "I Need Thee Every Hour."
Line by line.
Word by word.
Circling, high-lighting, and underlining the words or phrases that jumped out at us, whether they were encouraging, challenging, or downright convicting.

After a quiet time of reflection, we shared our thoughts with each other and then prayed through each verse, asking the Lord to make our need for Him very clear.

I was a bit surprised by the amount of words and phrases that blazed on the page as I read through this beloved hymn.
And now my hope is that the Lord will burn these things into my heart so I might become a woman who relies so heavily on Him that no one can tell where I end, and He begins!

I trust the Lord will use these notes/thoughts/convictions to encourage another brother or sister in the Lord.
We all need our Savior.
The question is ...
do we SEEK Him?

Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! I Chronicles 16:11

I Need Thee Every Hour

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.

A need does not = want. Need implies: I cannot survive without it!
Gracious Lord ... grace upon grace ... "My grace is SUFFICIENT for you."
Lord ... all authority and power are HIS. King of kings and LORD of lords!
Tender voice ... The Lord speaks in a still, small voice ... so we must be quiet - and LISTEN!
Come ... ACTION. Purposeful. Willing. It does not 'just happen.'
To Thee ... not seeking others - running only after HIM.

I need Thee every hour; stay Thou nearby;
temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. 

Stay ... abiding PRESENCE ... "I will never leave you or forsake you."
Temptations ... constant ... unrelenting ... the enemy seeks to DEVOUR me ... every.single.day.
Lose their power ... He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. I Peter 2:24
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Cor 15:57

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide, or life is vain.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. 

The first line sounds like an invitation - willingly asking the Lord to join every aspect of my life.
Both the highs and the lows in life should be dependent on Christ. 
We cannot neglect Him in the highs.
We must cling to Him in the valleys - and PRAISE HIM on the mountaintops!

Life is vain ... "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"
Without Christ, everything is futile and purposeless.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
and Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee. 

Thy will ... which almost never matches my own! "The heart of man plans his ways but the Lord directs his steps." 
Do I believe in the sovereignty of God or not?!?
His ways are not my ways - His thoughts are not my thoughts.
"Who can know the mind of the Lord?"
“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but Yours, be done.

Promises ... God cannot lie! He does what He says He will do!
His mercies are new every morning - great is His faithfulness!

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, thou blessed Son.
I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.

Holy One ... "Be ye holy as I am holy."
Make me Thine ... I BELONG to the King!
I am HIS vessel, not my own. Therefore - I am to live only for HIM - not for myself.

And the final question that has been dominating my thoughts for the last week:
Do I recognize and fully comprehend my utter, complete, and all-consuming NEED of the Savior?!?

Oh, Lord - make it so!

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