HE LEADETH ME!
More than once this week, I’ve started the day with a song in my head.
I sometimes forget the power of song.
I’m not a musical person by nature. I don’t play an instrument or sing particularly well. I enjoy music and like a variety of styles, and thankfully I never forget to incorporate music into my day.
The song that keeps coming to my mind this week is a hymn I learned as a child. I’m thankful that I memorized this song so many years ago, but the lyrics are much richer to me now. The song is “He Leadeth Me.”
For Christians, God’s presence is crucial in our battle against the world, the flesh and the devil. Often the odds seem overwhelming. Defeat seems inevitable. Perhaps the writer of our hymn was troubled by these thoughts as well. The opening lines of the hymn seem to bring instant relief to a difficult situation:
He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught! (fraught: loaded or filled)
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
This morning was both a time of reflection and a time of anticipation. I can testify that God has led me and I am assured that He will continue to lead me. But the phrase “He leadeth me” is in the present tense and that can be my declaration. I realize that the year will certainly bring challenges in various ways, as it always does. I find great assurance that indeed my Lord knows what He will do. I cling to this complimentary promise from the Psalms, “The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me” (Psalm 138:8). And that is true for each dear child of God, including you!
God has ordained the trials, the victories, the losses, the gains and all the paths laid out for me even before I was conceived in my mother’s womb. I trust Him for the days ahead and the months that lie before me that He will supply needed wisdom and staying power for the challenges that are certain to come as they did for Moses, Daniel, Paul, for other believers throughout the centuries and for those in my present day. I will not fear or dread the future as I look ahead through eyes of faith. The victory is on the horizon because of the conquering power of my soon coming King!
And so, today, I’m going to content myself with singing those few words over and over and let them absorb into my total being. I’m going to ponder on the last sentence of the last verse “Still God through Jordan leadeth me…” (a more recent version says: Since Thou in triumph leadest me.)
He Leadeth Me
(1) He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
CHORUS: He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
(2) Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
(3) And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Still God through Jordan leadeth me.
Posted on March 28, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged Assurance, Faith, God, He Leadeth Me, Hymn, Song in the Night, Victory. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.
This is beautiful. No matter what I am going through, God is always by my side, leading me. He nevers leads his sheep wrong. God bless you Ezar.
Often times we are too hasty to realize, God already set our path for us. We get so busy doing other things, we forget to check in with God and inquiry about our path in life. In order to let God lead you to your path, you will need to do Three things. First, Trust Him to lead you. Let go of what you think you know, and let God do what He knows. Who else are you going to trust ? God knows the beginning to the end. Second, Do not try to understand your situations on your own. God thinks higher than we do, Isaiah 55:9, so His ideas, visions, foresight and plans are not limited like ours. When we try to understand things on our own, we limit ourselves to our own understanding and thinking about a situation. However, God is not limited. In addition, we tend to base our understanding by what we see, God sees beyond the surface. Third, Seek God’s will for your life
That is great to read! The most important relationship is the one you have with God, so continue to let Him lead you and guide. He’s way is right! God Bless! Thanks for posting.
I turst that God will lead me to my path, thanks for posting this Dumebi.
Thank you, Ezar.
God is in charge for sure…
I know not the way God leads me, but well do I know my Guide. He never fails.
No better word picture than sheep can be found to illustrate our need for a trustworthy leader. We are all, Isaiah wrote, like sheep (Isa. 53:6). We tend to go our own way, yet we desperately need the sure direction of a shepherd.
What a comfort to know that God gently but firmly leads us! He does so through the urging of the Holy Spirit, the reading of His Word, and through prayer. God is the reliable leader we need.
Wow. My husband and I were almost inseparable. When I went to the grocery store he was right there in the front seat with me. When I went to pay our bills he was the first one in the car never wanting to leave my side.
11 years ago, he had a massive heart attack and I lost him. I had to raise our son alone. I remember this song stuck out in my mind. Without the Lord’s hand over me I wouldn’t have made it though.
He is an Awesome God!
Thank you, Ezar. God bless you good!
The Christian life is not one where God expects us to find our own way. A shepherd would never require that of his sheep. Neither is it a life where God turns us loose to do as we please. No. The Good Shepherd leads us in paths of righteousness. And it is within that path that we find the purposes of God for our lives.
You never leave this I know my Lord. Show me the way and I will follow. I get down on my knees and I praise you my Lord. Only you know how much suffering I have going through please I beg you Lord to stop the suffering. Amen
Ezar, after reading your post, my prayer for each one of you on this blog is that you will use the most amazing business/political/legal/financial, and moral consultant we have…God. Consult with him for every decision you make and God will direct your path to peace. God bless you.
Nice! This reminds me of Moses. We are like Moses. When led by God, we do not see God’s face, but his back. Why is that? We cannot see his face, because we cannot see him coming. We see God’s back, because we see where he has been, and what he has done in the past. We do not anticipate, or second-guess God. It is only after long reflection that we are finally struck with what God has been doing all along..
It has been my experience that God does not always point the way, but he leads the way. When I look back, I see those leadings. I hope you will, too.
I love hymns. “He leadeth me” has always been one of my favourites. When we’re gripped by nervous tension, nothing soothes our souls like one of our beloved hymns. Nothing can replace the heritage of our hymns, for there’s a part of our spirits that only responds to God’s truth in musical form. A good hymn combines prayer with praise, keen theology with vivid imagery, and majesty of God with our daily needs. That’s something we can’t afford to misplace.
Another thing about these songs is that they show spiritual insight, partly because they often grew out of the personal experiences of the author. Let’s keep singing!
Thank you, Dumdum. God leads me.
Oh my God! The lyrics seems like I’m seeing the hymn for the first time. Thank you for making me see the lyrics clearly. As I was reading, I wanted to go grab my hymn and sing & just below I saw you added it. Thanks for that too. What a great inspiration for the day. I’m sure you are an extra-ordinary teacher. God Bless You. y
Someone just said she doesnt sing out…dat u must not sing for another to hear.Dat is not true.We may hv silent prayer,but not silent praise…dats my take.SING OUT!!!
Make a joyful NOISE unto d Lord.I love to sing out.Some are ashamed to sing out..either b/c they dont want to appear religious or they tink they dont hv d voice.I hv a backslidden friend who used to sing a lot,but suddenly stopped.The ideal thing is to sing out.
Silent Praise? Haba! Not for me ooo.Even d stones will sing out.Why did God give me my mouth?Its not just to eat,but to praise Him who is worthy of my praise.
Heyy how r you doing. I came across your blog from your instagram handle and I must say it’s one of the most inspirational things I have come across In recent times. More power to you, please keep it up we can all do with some inspiration in this world we live in. Thanks for the post I needed it. a great way to start my week. God bless you. Its Hadiza atta your former classmate in zamani college