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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour - TSMSS


During the past week, this hymn has played over and over in my mind. Inspiration for the lyrics came in 1872 to Annie Hawks who wrote:

“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.”

After writ­ing the lyr­ics, Hawks gave them to her pas­tor, Ro­bert Low­ry, who add­ed the tune and re­frain. The hymn was first pub­lished at the Na­tion­al Bap­tist Sun­day School Con­ven­tion in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in No­vem­ber 1872. Some years lat­er, af­ter the death of her hus­band, Hawks wrote:

“I did not un­der­stand at first why this hymn had touched the great throb­bing heart of hu­man­i­ty. It was not un­til long af­ter, when the sha­dow fell over my way, the sha­dow of a great loss, that I un­der­stood some­thing of the com­fort­ing pow­er in the words which I had been per­mit­ted to give out to others in my hour of sweet se­ren­i­ty and peace.”

I love this version by Selah…

When I think I’m going under,

Part the waters, Lord;

When I feel the waves around me,

Calm the sea;

When I cry for help, oh hear me Lord,

And hold out your hand;

Touch my life,

Still the raging storm in me…

I need Thee every hour,

Most gracious Lord.

No tender voice like Thine,

Can peace afford.

I need Thee,

Oh, I need Thee,

Every hour I need Thee,

Oh, bless me now my Saviour,

I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour,

In joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide,

Or life is vain.

Please visit Signs, Miracles, and Wonders for Then Sings My Soul Saturday. You may hear a song you have never heard before and you most assuredly will be blessed!

12 thoughts:

Denise said...

You left me singing....... at 6 am in the morning.... I will sing this song the whole day long.......

Every hour I need Thee,

Oh, bless me now my Saviour,

I come to Thee.

I so needed to hear this in my spirit man and I will sing......

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Brook said...

I agree...beautiful!

MsRay said...

That is a very beautiful version of "I Need Thee Every Hour". Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

Mocha with Linda said...

Love these songs and Selah. Thankds for sharing.

Debbie Petras said...

Karen, the lyrics to this song have also been going through my mind for the past few days! My jaw dropped when I clicked on your video. How like God to meet us where we are and give us what we need. I actually had never heard Selah's version but I love it. I am a big fan of Selah so this was perfect.

God bless you,

LivingforGod said...

This is one of my favorite hymns. Thanks for sharing this video and thanks for visiting my blog.

Denise said...

Congrats on winning the retreat giveaway, cannot wait to meet you.

Cathy said...

So beautiful ~ I do love Selah's music.

Marsha said...

Congratulations on winning the retreat scholarship, Karen! See you in 32 days!

Sarah said...

I love being blessed in God's word through song. Sweet one, thank you for battling in prayer with me today. It is an honor and a privilege to battle with you in prayer today as well. May the Lord simply hold your family close in His mighty hand..

And may you be drenched in His unfailing love,
Sarah Dawn

Unknown said...

Awesome. No other way to describe it.

Blessings on you today! LOVE the new fall look!

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