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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I Need Thee Every Hour

“The Holy can be either a Hiding Place or a Boulder blocking your way.”
Isaiah 8:13

One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, Annie Hawkins was busy with her regular household tasks. Suddenly, she became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, she wrote the words to the famous hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour”.

As I read this verse in Isaiah chapter eight, I was reminded of this incredible hymn. Oh, how we desperately need Him every hour! We need Him so much more than we could ever comprehend. This verse revealed to me just a few of the ways we need Him.
I have always heard, and often times claimed, God as my Rock, my Shelter, my Hiding Place, but I was reminded through this verse that God can also be a Boulder. He is a Hiding Place and a Rock in whom I take refuge, but He is also a Boulder blocking my way. Many times we find ourselves facing difficulties or trials and discover Him to be our Rock in whom we take refuge, but have you ever considered that he is a Boulder blocking your way? Blocking your way from what, you may ask. I found comfort as I was reminded in this verse that, as I am seeking God and finding refuge in Him as my Hiding Place, He will also become the Boulder that keeps me from wickedness. He can prevent me from “presumptuous sins” and foolishness. He can also be the Boulder that prevents evil and harm from getting to me. He will allow trials to befall me, and will be my Hiding Place during such times, but there are even more times that I believe He is, in fact, a Boulder blocking my way. He is my Protector on all fronts. He hides me in the Shadow of His wing when I am hurting or afraid, and He protects me from myself and my own wicked heart, as well as, from that which could bring harm to me.

He is able to move the boulders in my life that I cannot deal with on my own, but He graciously makes Himself a Boulder in my life to prevent me from falling and to protect me from harm. The more I read His Word and uncover all that He reveals of Himself through it, I find He is so much more than we could ever imagine. He is more to us that we can comprehend. He is ever present and all knowing. Even when I do not see what He is doing, I can rest assured that He has my best interest at heart and He is everything that I need. I echo Annie Hawkins and sing,

I need Thee ev'ry hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.

I need thee every hour,
in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide,
or life is vain.

I need thee every hour,
teach me thy will;
and thy rich promises
in me fulfill.

I need Thee, O I need Thee!
Ev'ry hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Saviour!
I come to Thee.

Lord, thank you for all that you are to me, both that which I recognize and the many things that I don’t even see. Thank you that, whether in joy or pain, You are sufficient. I come to You with all my heart, recognizing my desperate need for you.

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Blogger Denise said...

A great big amen to this post, bless you.

April 16, 2008 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

LOVE this hymn. Such a wonderful truth. Thanks for sharing.

April 16, 2008 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

I was reminded just this morning...of my great need for my Father. This was so good!

April 16, 2008 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger windycindy said...

Thanks for the kind of wisdom that I needed to read today! I appreciate it! Cindi

April 16, 2008 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Amy B said...

Oh does my heart echo Annie Hawkins as well! I needed to read this today and be reminded that God can and will remove those boulders in our lives.

Great post, Tammy!

April 16, 2008 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Mary Lou said...

Gtreat reminder and great new insight. never thought of Him as a boulder stopping me and keeping me from harm. Thanks for sharing. It was a blessing. Mary Lou at dlowran1(at)comcast(dot)net

April 16, 2008 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I love this hymn as well and remember singing it often as a little girl.

I too have found Papa to be a Boulder in my life blocking my path because of love.

Thanks for sharing,

April 19, 2008 at 4:58 PM  

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