Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

God's people in His place under His rule.

Guide me, O Thou Great Redeemer 
William Williams (1717-1791)
translated with Peter Williams (1722-1796)
Tune CWM RHONDDA by John Hughes (1873-1932)

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
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 now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the living waters flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield.

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

Video Credit:

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah. YouTube, uploaded by Ronald Ellis. Accessed January 1, 2018.

Note:  'Jehovah' and 'Redeemer' are used interchangeable by various hymnbooks. 

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In the Garden Hymn

" I come to the garden alone...  and he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own." 

In the Garden

Words & Music: C. Austin Miles (March 1912)

1.  I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The son of God discloses.


And he walks with me, and he talks with me,
And he tells me I am his own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

2.  He speaks, and the sound of his voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that he gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

3.  I’d stay in the garden with him
Though the night around me be falling,
But he bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

This hymn was sung in the 1984 mo­vie Plac­es in the Heart,  which won two Acad­e­my Awards.

For meditation, I heartily recommend this video:
In the Garden Hymn with Franz Schubert Impromptu, Op. 90. No. 3, performed by Priscilla Manion.

Here's another version of "In the Garden" sung by the late Elvis Presley.

Video Credit:
In the Garden, Sung by Elvis Presley.  YouTube, uploaded by Marrtinna

Date originally posted:  November 5, 2012
Latest update:  January 17, 2017 

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God's faithfulness is new every morning.

Even if it appears that we are alone, we are not. God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us; he promised that. One of my lifelong favourite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" says: "... Thou changest not thy compassion, they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." 

And for a significant reason, I've revisited the hymn first thing this morning.

Sometimes in the midst of trials, lingering illness included, we feel so unloved, alone, hurt, unappreciated, and abandoned.  Or, for no reason we are depressed and can't even figure out why. We also feel letdown after some event's excitement only to find we have overspent excessively, perhaps blowing our budget the year through. Well, you are not alone.  But all those things will eventually pass as God shows his faithfulness.

God our Protector

God's timing is never ours.  One moment, something is taken away from us. I used to ask, "why?" a lot before.  Not anymore. Nowadays, I simply look for blessings. 

The Lord has a better plan.  A blessing in disguise.  It no longer surprises me like it did before.  Why? Because I trust that His plan is what is best.  But first, we have to trust Him with all our hearts.

Earlier I was meditating on Psalm 91. What a reminder somewhere in my readings - a lovely psalm of protection...