Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah (Hymn)

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
William Williams (1745)

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy powerful hand.
Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.

Lord, I trust Thy mighty power,
Wondrous are Thy works of old;
Thou deliver’st Thine from thralldom,
Who for naught themselves had sold:
Thou didst conquer, Thou didst conquer,
Sin, and Satan and the grave,
Sin, and Satan and the grave.

When I tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan’s side.
Songs of praises, songs of praises,
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.

This is a great hymn.  To me, this hymn has a lot of “meat” in it.  You could take any verse and chew on it for a good long time.  There are so many things here upon which we could dwell and ponder.  I will leave you a couple that I enjoyed and you can think about whatever part the Lord points out to you.  I am truly a “pilgrim in this barren land.”  When I try to find something satisfying in this world, I can only end up asking “Bread of Heaven, feed me ’til I want no more.”  That bread is the only thing that truly satisfies.

On a side note, my wife and I watched the “royal wedding” a while back, and they sang this hymn.  It was interesting to see all of the people, most of whom probably have little or no use for the Lord, singing this great old hymn.  At first, I was annoyed by the amount of hypocrisy that I’m sure was there, with people singing “guide me, o Thou great Jehovah,” but then I just felt sorry for them and pitied them.  They don’t know that great Jehovah.  I do.  What a glorious truth!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    An anthem for direction if ever there was one!!

    There you go with the childhood memories again. Thank you for reminding me of my grandmother today. I believe this was one of the hymn at her life celebration service. The thought that she has going home to be with Papa gives me hope of seeing her again.

    God bless you and yours.



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