And, intense joy. For so long, life was so hard. So very hard. Bewilderingly difficult.
I Need Thee Every Hour
And in those long dark days, months, years—I desperately needed God every hour. Every minute. He was my only hope. I clung to Him and to scripture about who He is with a death grip—literally, because I truly felt I would die, without His intervention.
So to find myself today, in this incredibly joyful place, is—honestly—a bit disorienting in and of itself. It is foreign, to some degree. Oh my soul, I am so deeply grateful. But in some ways it is very odd. I know enough of life to know that is not the case. Life is hard. Tomorrow, all could be turned upside down all over again. And, I could find myself in that desperate place of crying out to God for His intervention and mercy and gracy once again.
As I sat on my deck the other night, contemplating all of this, the words of that old hymn kept coming back to me:. I need thee every hour, in Joy or in Pain…. Why have I never taken note of that part of this hymn?? In fact, what if I need Him even more, in the joyful times, then in the times of grief—because it is in the joyful times that I am more apt to forget just how deeply I need Him. Foolish and dangerous thinking. In the joyful times, I am more prone to neglect to pursue Him with all of my heart, soul, and mind.
Hymn History: I Need Thee Every Hour
In the joyful times, I am quicker to rely on my own skill set to navigate the challenges of each day, rather than depend fully upon Him. In the joyful times, I am quick to pat myself on the back for doing such a great job, rather than glorifying Him for His mercy upon my life and His working in my soul. In the joyful times, I am more apt to neglect the direction found in 1 Timothy to be careful of my life and my doctrine teaching , and rather than standing steadfast in the spiritual disciplines that I know help to keep my soul and mind well.
And when I go down the routes listed above, disaster is right around the corner. A thousand times, ugh. I think Charles Spurgeon said it best, in these words:. It is easier to save us from our sins, than from our righteousness. Apart from Him, my life is in vain. I need thee every hour, in Joy or Pain. God, please give me the deep realization that without You, life is in vain. And that without You, even good things are empty. Enjoy eBooks and audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet with our free app , Deseret Bookshelf.
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I found that this book identified the finishing steps of the path needed to achieve ultimate happiness and joy. I enjoyed the way the author brings the concepts sprinkled throughout the scriptures into sharp focus.
Thanks for taking the time to write Blaine Yorgason! Whatever the problem, Christ is there taking care of our case. Jennifer rated it really liked it Feb 15, We may say hallelujah or amen in the meeting, but when we get home, our joy may vanish, and instead of hallelujah and amen there will be silence and a long face.
Rodrigo marked it as to-read Dec 17,. I had found many of the pieces on my own but had not put them together into a navigable path.
It has helped me realize that the journey while unique to each person has commonalities that link them to a central theme expressed by prophets ancient and modern. Thanks for taking the time I found that this book identified the finishing steps of the path needed to achieve ultimate happiness and joy.