I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I Need Thee Every Hour
By: Annie S. Hawks, 1836-1911 (1872)
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As we look into the latter part of this stanza, keep in mind how it hinges on the first part. We must know God’s will, then trust Him for the strength to do it. Then, and only then, can we truly see the flow of promises fulfilled. Let’s think about this.
Just what is a promise, and what specific promises has God given to us?
A promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. Promises are often broken, but not God’s promises. He offers us so many in His Word and we can find great comfort and confidence in His ability to carry them out and follow through with them.
Let’s consider one of the greatest and most common promises in the Bible.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (ESV)
What is the promise here? Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish but have eternal life. That is a promise we can trust. It makes a difference in our daily lives and changes our eternal destination. When you determine to receive this promise it changes everything, and it is only one of many, many promises which fill the pages of Scripture.
Have you received this promise? If you have you know the reality of it because it has changed you and invited you into a life of ongoing transformation. If you have not, why not today? Jesus died for you so you can live eternally, even when you die and pass from this life. Put your faith in Him and begin the most incredible journey of one fulfilled promise after another.
Granted, Past Tense
We are going to use two parts of the same verse to guide the rest of our thinking about the latter part of this stanza. The first part tells us that God has granted His promises to us. Past tense. Nothing you can do can effect the promise, only your experience of it.
…he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, 2 Peter 1:4a ESV
The one above is a wonderful example of just how precious and VERY GREAT His promises are.
The experience of this granted promise, however, is continent upon something. It is contingent upon your knowing Him. Fortunately for you that knowledge is imparted by His divine power.
I know this is getting a little complex but follow me. His divine power has made Him known to You. If you know Him, you have been granted these promises, and you can only know Him if His power has revealed Him to you.
Be encouraged by the fact that you know God. Because you know God, these promises have been granted to you. This means that these promises have been given formally to you. And all of this is a gift of God.
But wait, it gets better.
The Nature of Christ
Though these promises are precious and very great, they are but a gateway to the greatest blessing of all. We have been granted these promises…
…so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 2 Peter 1:4b ESV
Partaker. When you partake of food or drink, you consume it. I like to think of this as enjoying it and that is certainly true of the impartation of the nature of God, but this goes MUCH deeper than simple enjoyment so that is not the definition in play here.
To be a partaker in these terms uses the lesser two of three common meanings. First it means that you have joined in, so you are taking part in the very nature of God. That is amazing, but it is the last one that really blows me away because it tells me that I am to be characterized by the divine nature.
The verse does say that we “may become” partakers, so we have a choice. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to bring this about in us. As you read the end of the verse you see another reinforcement of the sequence we considered on Tuesday in A Sequence of Fortunate Events.
As we learn and endure the will of God, living it out with His help, we understand and then exist within His fulfilled promises. We escape the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire, an expression of our old nature, and become partakers of the Christ nature.
There is no better promise. We become characterized by the nature of Christ, becoming like Jesus at our core. Hallelujah!
Even the thought of that process reminds me how much I need Him because I can not accomplish that on my own. Nor can you. Thank Him again for His promises, and the work of the Spirit which teaches them to us, and then empowers us to live them. What is the next part of the sequence we have considered for you?
- Learning His Will
- Doing His Will
- Knowing His Promises
- Living in His Promises.
It is likely some combination of several or all of them, but ask Him to show you what the next step of your journey toward Christlikeness should be. Wait for it. When He shows you, you will undoubtedly be ready say anew, “I need you every hour!”
Jesus, take me to and through the next part of my journey with You. I need you to teach Your will, so that I may continue to see Your promises fulfilled in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Podcast 11.4 Transcript
Welcome to Thursday Thoughts at Resonant 7, where we reflect on the reality of God and resolve to let it resound in our lives, repeatedly. Let’s think about this.
I need Thee every hour;
Hebrews 10:36 ESV
For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.
This Scripture sets the stage for this entire stanza. We need endurance to do the will of God. We can not do that in our own strength. We need Him. When we have done His will, by His strength, we are positioned to receive what is promised. Tell Him again you need Him to endure.
teach me Thy will;
Psalm 25:4-5 ESV
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
We wait every hour, all day long for God to lead us and teach us. We need Him to lead us in His ways and teach us His paths. Do you spend any time each day learning HIs ways, just waiting on Him? Take a few moments right now and ask Him to show you His ways, then wait.
And Thy rich promises
2 Peter 1:4a ESV
…he has granted to us his precious and very great promises,
When we have taken the time to learn His ways, and trusted Him for strength to walk in His ways, we are positioned to not only know His promises, but receive them. Are there any of God’s promises you are waiting to see fulfilled? Either way, ask Him to show you more.
in me fulfill.
2 Peter 1:4b ESV
…so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
What better promise than a new nature, the very nature of Christ! That is a promise God longs to fulfill in our lives as we live according to His will. Are you experiencing that transformation? God wants to fulfill that in you. Ask Him if there is anything in you withholding that fulfillment.
Take a few moments to talk to Jesus about what has come to your mind, or listen to what He is saying to you, then I will read our text once more.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
Take the awareness of God’s presence cultivated in these last few minutes into the next ones and beyond. Until next time, be Resonant.