Guide Me , O Thou Great Jehovah by William Willams
You Know you are getting old when you can understand and truly feel the depth of a hymn.
This morning, this wonderful hymn just touched my soul and I sang it with all the strength of my lungs!
Guide me, O Thou great *Jehovah, [*Redeemer] Pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but Thou art mighty, Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand. Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more.
I feel like I’m in a barren land, trying to reach the promised land. I feel utterly weak, confused and helpless sometimes. Actually, most of the time. But truly, I knew that my strength only comes from God. The best days of my life were marked by constant prayer, moment by moment. I had to pray for strength to get through the day, to sleep, and to walk in healing. When I stop praying, I feel weak, confused and insecure! God’s mighty hand keeps me. He is the bread of heaven! His word feeds and nourishes. His presence is nourishment and it strengthens, me lacking in nothing.
Open now the crystal fountain, Whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fire and cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through. Strong Deliv’rer, strong Deliv’rer, Be Thou still my Strength and Shield; Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
Again, God is the fountain in which healing flows. When I was so consumed with my daily endeavors and pushed God out of the equation, my fountain of health ran dry. I had no strength to carry on.
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.
This one was omitted from the version I was listening to, but it’s in the original for a reason. “Lord, I trust thy mighty power, wondrous are thy works of old!” The God that performed miracles then and even in my own life, I MUST TRUST HIM! There are areas in our lives where we do not trust God, despite him showing us what he is capable of. God conquered our sins, Satan and the grave. In this I must choose to find peace! The focus more of him and not just on perfection or performing the law, but a relationship with him. Relationships builds the foundation of trust.
When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death 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.
Fear nothing. No matter what happens or what we face in this life, including death, trust that God will safely get you to where you need to be. Whether it’s your full capacity of maturity and to fulfill his plan for your life to you being with him in heaven in the end. Sing His Praises in the storm! Sing with understanding. Don’t just do it because people say so. MEAN IT WITH UNDERSTANDING!!!!