Today is Sunday and I thought we could take a small break from our Daniel Days, and talk about one of my other favorite things, music. I love to worship the Lord with song, how about you? Each week at church we sing wonderful songs of worship that have been sung in churches for years. Many churches enjoy singing the newer more modern songs, and that is not a bad thing, I just happen to love the older more traditional hymns. Such as “I Need Thee Every Hour” that we sang on Sunday May 7th. You may not know the history of this great hymn from the 1800s, but it has an interesting beginning.
Quite a few hymns are written by professional musicians so you don’t often hear of a thirty-seven year old housewife from Brooklyn writing hymns, but that’s the story behind this one. Her name was Annie Hawks and she was busy with her everyday jobs when the words came to her. She later stated that “I was so filled with a sense of nearness to my Master that these words, ‘I need Thee every hour,’ were flashed into my mind.” She went on to say “It was a bright June day, so I sat by an open window, picked up my pencil, and wrote the entire hymn.” She then gave the words to her pastor, who wrote the music and the chorus.
Then something amazing happened to this little housewives hymn, the evangelist Dwight L. Moody discovered this simple song and began using it in his meetings, and it became famous. Perhaps her inspiration came from Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” By calling God “my Master” Annie was saying that she had a personal relationship with Him, and He used her to reach out to others so they could also have a personal relationship with the saving grace of our Lord. It is my sincere hope that you also can say that God is your Master.
The words of this hymn still ring clear, that we need to call on God for all of our needs not just once a month or once a week on Sunday’s but every day and every hour of the day!
Have a blessed day, and I will see you back here tomorrow for more on Daniel Days!
A Prayer for Today
"Heavenly Father, please let the words of this wonderful hymn remind us that You always meet our every need, as Annie Hawks heard Your words that lead her to write this hymn of worship, help us to hear You in our everyday lives, we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen."