Well Known Hymns Writer And Composer Part Three

Holy, Holy Holy Lord God Amighty

Holy, Holy Lord God almighty was composed by Reginald Heber.

He attended Oxford and won several awards for poetry before he became rector for his father’s church. where. he became Anglican Biship.

attended Oxford and won several awards for poetry before he became rector for his father’s church he became Anglican Bishop.

The poem is base on Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above Him, each having six wings: with two each covered his face, and with two each covered his feet, and with two each flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of armies.The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.”4 And the [b]foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the [c]temple was filling with smoke. 5 Then I said,“Woe to me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of Qunclean lips;For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of armies.

Along with Revelation 4:2-11 verse8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, and who is and who is to come.”

It is sung to the tune “Nicaea”, by John Bacchus Dykes. Written during the author’s time as vicar in Hodnet, Shropshire, England.

it is one of Heber’s most popular compositions, enduring into the 21st century in many Christian traditions.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy Faithfulness was compose by Thomas Obadiah Chisholm, and it was base on Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consume 23 for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Thomas was ordained a Methodist minister in 1903, he served only a single, brief appointment at Scottsville, Kentucky, due to ill health. in 1916 where he sold insurance. He retired in 1953 and spent his remaining years in a Methodist retirement community in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

By the time of his retirement, he had written more than 1200 poems, 800 of which were published.

While on a trip to Baldwin, Kansas, Runyan leafed through the poems sent by Chisholm and was immediately taken in by the depth of meaning and lyrical beauty of the words found in the poem Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Runyan set the poem to music.

Looking back on the writing of the hymn, Chisholm recalled in 1941, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulnes

Note stance one; and four Great is Thy faithfulness O God, my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be. All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me! All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Also, note Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, whether you are rich or poor small or great. Your sins are pardon when you confess your sins to Christ.

Great is Thy faithfulness O God, my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee. Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above, Join with all nature in manifold witness, To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!; All I have needed Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

What A Friend We In Jesus

Written by preacher Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother, who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. He thought the poem would, perhaps, bring some spiritual comfort to his Mom, who still lived in Ireland. Scriven had not intended that anyone else should see it.

He fell in love with a young lady who was eager to spend her life with him. However, on the day before their wedding she fell from her horse, while crossing a bridge over the River Bann and was drowned in the water below. Joseph stood helplessly watching from the other side.

He met a wonderful young lady, Elisa Roche, and again fell in love. They had exciting plans to be married. However, tragedy reared its ugly head once again and she died of pneumonia before they could wed.

He then devoted the rest of his life to tutoring, preaching and helping others. In 1869 Scriven published a collection of 115 Hymns and other verses which did not include “What a friend”

BIBLE VERSE:  Philippians 4:6 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Scriven drowned in 1886 at age 66. It isn’t known if his death was an accident or a suicide, as he was in a serious depression at the time.

Two monuments have been erected in his honor. Each has the first stanza of his song engraved on it.

What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer.

“We then that are strong

ought to bear the infirmities of the weak,

and not to please ourselves.” – Romans 15:1

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross was composed by

Isaac Watts, and base on Galatians 6:14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which[a] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Or the Voice wrote; May I never put anything above the cross of our Lord Jesus the Anointed. Through Him, the world has been crucified to me and I to this world.

At that time, metered renditions of the Psalms were intoned by a cantor and then repeated (none too fervently, Watts would add) by the congregation. His father, the pastor of the church, rebuked him with “I’d like to see you write something better!. As legend has it, Isaac retired to his room and appeared several hours later with his first hymn, and it was enthusiastically received at the Sunday evening service the same night. Although the tale probably is more legend than fact, it does illustrate the point that the songs of the church need constant infusion of new life within Church music vital part of worship.”When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”–Isaac Watts has rightfully earned the title, “the father of English hymnody.But by the time of his death, he had planted the seeds of a much more complex hymnody. His 600 hymns found in seven collections made the transition from a rigid, metrical psalmody to a freer, theologically-based hymnody. Dr. Watts won and held the hearts of a large share of the English speaking world over a long period of years, despite the fact that as a child he was never strong, and despite the fact also that he was forced to resign a pastorate because of poor health. For the latter thirty years of his life, he was more or less an invalid, but devoted himself in comfortable and happy surroundings to the writing of many of the beautiful hymns, still popular today. It was an age of great hymn writers. As scriptures declare,. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.

He wrote over 750 hymns, such as Joy To The World, IvSing the Mighty Power of God,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” and “Am I a Soldier of the Cross will stand the of time.

When I survey the wond’rous Cross

On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,

My richest Gain I count but Loss,

And pour Contempt on all my Pride.

2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,

Save in the Death of Christ my God:

All the vain Things that charm me most,

I sacrifice them to his Blood.

3. See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,

Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!

Did e’er such Love and Sorrow meet?

Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?

4. His dying Crimson, like a Robe,

Spreads o’er his Body on the Tree;

Then I am dead to all the Globe,

And all the Globe is dead to me.

5. Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,

That were a Present far too small;

Love so amazing, so divine,

Demands my Souly Life, my All.

I will Sing of My Redeemer

Philip Paul Bliss (9 July 1838 – 29 December 1876) was an American. He wrote many well-known hymns, including “Hold the Fort” (1870), “Almost Persuaded” (1871); “Hallelujah, What a Saviour!” (1875); “Let the Lower Lights Be Burning”; “Wonderful Words of Life” (1875); and the tune for Horatio Spafford‘s “It Is Well with My Soul” (1876).

In 1864, the Blisses moved to Chicago.

While ministering at a meeting in Chicago, Bliss spoke these words to the congregation: I may not pass this way again, after which he sang, I’m Going Home Tomorrow. His words and song would prove to be prophetic. “He from death to life has brought me, Son of God, with him to be.

on December 20, 1876. They were traveling to Chicago for an engagement at Dwight L. Moody‘s Tabernacle. While on their way, a bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio collapsed and the train plunged into an icy river bed. Bliss was able to survive, however, not seeing his wife around, he went looking for her. Neither of them has survived. However, his composition was later found unharmed from his possessions. It was kept inside one of his trunks. The text bore the title “I Will Sing of the Redeemer” and contains the following words which he told the crowd at a meeting in Chicago. Last hymn be composed.

While Bliss did not survive the incident, he left us a beautiful gift to continuously encourage us to sing Him unto Him who sets us free

I will sing of my Redeemer

And His wondrous love to me;

On the cruel cross He suffered,

From the curse to set me free.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will tell the wondrous story,

How my lost estate to save,

In His boundless love and mercy,

He the ransom freely gave.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

I will praise my dear Redeemer,

His triumphant power I’ll tell,

How the victory He giveth

Over sin, and death, and hell.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt and made me free.

And His heav’nly love to me;

He from death to life hath brought me,

Son of God with Him to be.

Sing, oh sing, of my Redeemer,

With His blood, He purchased me.

On the cross, He sealed my pardon,

Paid the debt, and made me free.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Bliss

Ashtabula River Railroad Disaster

https://www.countrythangdaily.com/soul-sing-redeemer/

https://truthandtidings.com/2015/11/our-heritage-i-will-sing-of-my-redeemer/

https://hymnary.org/text/i_will_sing_of_my_redeemer

Man of Sorrow

Philip Paul Bliss composed man of Sorrow

One might be tempted to pass over the hymn, however, to a follower of Christ this hymn is very meaningful.

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

in my place condemned he stood,

sealed my pardon with his blood:

Hallelujah, what a Savior

Guilty, helpless, lost were we;

blameless Lamb of God was he,

sacrificed to set us free:

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

however, to a follower of Christ

Though worship planners might be tempted to pass over a hymn-like this because of its strong atonement language, Consider the words of Apostle Paul where he wrote For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.

Jesus death on the cross was payment for our sins and His Father was satisfied with the payment.

Man of sorrows, Lamb of God

By His own betrayed

The sin of man and wrath of God

Has been on Jesus laid

Silent as He stood accused

Beaten, mocked, and scorned

Bowing to the Father’s will

He took a crown of thorns

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out, “Hallelujah”

“Praise and honour unto Thee”

Sent of heaven God’s own Son

To purchase and redeem

And reconcile the very ones

Who nailed Him to that tree

Oh, that rugged cross, my salvation

Where Your love poured out over me

Now my soul cries out, “Hallelujah””Praise and honour unto Thee”

Now my debt is paid

It is paid in full

By the precious blood

That my Jesus spilled

Now the curse of sin

Has no hold on me

Whom the Son sets free

Oh, is free indeed

Now my debt is paid…

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Anne Herring

Annie Herring’s music and ministry was, in no small part, forged from personal family tragedy. In 1968, her mother, Elizabeth Ward, died of a brain tumor; two years later her father, Walter, died of leukemia leaving her youngest sister, Nelly, and brother, Matthew, orphaned. The Ward siblings decided that Annie and her new husband, record producer Buck Herring, should take in the two younger Ward siblings.[2]Annie was a self-taught singer and songwriter who wrote and played her songs around the family piano. Her brother and sister would often join in as she played, and eventually they developed extremely tight and intricate harmonies

Oh, wait ’til you see the dawning??..

Wait, there’s a brand new day

Wait ’til you see the morning star rise

believers who settled in Silesia (now part of Poland) after they were driven out of Bohemia in the bloody Reformation purge of 1620. The hymn was said to have been derived from these Reformation peasants. In 1677 the hymn first appeared in the Roman Catholic. It appeared in German text were printed for the first time in 1842 by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben and Ernst Richter under the name Schönster Herr Jesu (Most beautiful Lord Jesus). It was translated into English qby Joseph A. Seiss, 1873

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,

O Thou God and man the Son!

Thee will I cherish,

Thee will I honour,

Thou art my glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows,

Fairer still the woodlands,

Robed in the blooming garb of spring;

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,

Fairer still the moonlight,

And all the twinkling, starry host;

Jesus shines brighter,

Jesus shines purer,

Than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Saviour,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honour, praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

God and Son of Man! Glory and honor, praise, adoration, Now and forever more be Thine

Note Son of God and Son of Man! Jesus is identified as both from God and the Son of Man, a reference commonly understood as indicating Christ’s two natures, divine and human. Scholars find the origins of this concept with New Testament references in Mark 10:45, “ For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

It base on Psalm 27:4-6, Psalm 45:1-17, Isaiah 33:17

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairest_Lord_Jesus

https://hymnary.org/text/fairest_lord_jesus_ruler_of_all_nature

https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/175

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https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/articles/history-of-hymns-fairest-lord-jesus

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https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Fairest_Lord_Jesus/

Now Blessed Joseph Name

Christ Has Arisen Today

Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today” is a Christian hymn. It was initially written in the 14th century as a Bohemian Latin hymn titled “Surrexit Christus hodie“. It is an Easter hymn referring to the Resurrection of Jesus and based on Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:32, 1 Peter 3:18 and Revelation 1:17-18.[1]

However,Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, was composed by Charles Wesley. He was the youngest of brother Westley Charles Wesley was a prolific hymnwriter. He was a prolificie hymn writer. He averaged 10 poetic lines a day for 50 years. He wrote 8,989 hymns, 10 times the volume composed by the only other candidate (Isaac Watts

He composed some of the most memorable and lasting hymns of the church: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “And Can It Be,” “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Jesus, Lover of My Soul,” “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “Soldiers of Christ, Arise,” and “Rejoice! the Lord Is King And yet he is often referred to as the “forgotten Wesley. If ever there was a human being who disliked power, avoided prominence, and shrank from praise, it was Charles Wesley.” So wrote someone who knew him well. Even if he tended to be hidden by his brother’s exploits, Charles Wesley’s life was far from a shadowy existence.Charles Wesley’s new spiritual life was seen in his deep compassion for lost men and women.

However, the original lines find their origin long before 1739. The inspiration for this hymn can be traced back to one written in Latin in the 14th century. In the early 1700s that song was translated into English and published as “Jesus Christ is Risen Today.” It was this short hymn that served as the building blocks for what would be Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia

Bohemian Latin hymn titled “Surrexit Christus hodie”. It is an Easter hymn referring to the Resurrection of Jesus and based on Matthew 28:6, Acts 2:32, 1 Peter 3:18 and Revelation 1:17-18.

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia,

our triumphant holy day; alleluia,

who did once upon the cross; alleluia,

suffer to redeem our loss; alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing; Alleluia,

unto Christ our heavenly king; alleluia,

who endured the cross and grave; alleluia,

sinners to redeem and save: alleluia! 14 Centur

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!

Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!

Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!

our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail the Lord of earth and heaven, Alleluia!

Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!

Hail the Resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!

Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!

Thee to know, Thy pow’r to prove, Alleluia!

Thus to sing, and thus to love, Alleluia!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Christ_Is_Risen_Today

https://reasonabletheology.org/hymn-story-christ-the-lord-is-risen-today/

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/poets/charles-wesley.html

https://hymnary.org/text/christ_the_lord_is_risen_today_wesley

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http://dianaleaghmatthews.com/man-of-sorrows/#.YGp5Fi-s_mo

Breath on Breath Of God bio

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what Thou dost love,

And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Until my heart is pure,

Until with Thee I will one will,

To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Till I am wholly Thine,

Till all this earthly part of me

Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

So shall I never die,

But live with Thee the perfect life

Of Thine eternity.

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Now Blessed Be The Lord Our God bio

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Rock of Age

Augustus Montague Toplady, the writer of “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me,” was born in England in 1740 and died there from tuberculosis in 1778.

His father was a Royal Marine and died on duty soon after his son’s birth, leaving the boy to be raised by his mother. Toplady had an interest in religion during his younger years, and showed this in spiritual journals and moralistic behavior. However, it wasn’t until his fifteenth year, while attending a Methodist revival in an Irish barn.

His plan was to be Methodist pastor when read 39 Article of the Church of England, he became convinced of the Calvinistic perspective and thus became a minister in the Church of England.

The issue of Calvinism versus Arminianism was a hot topic in the church in those days, and for the remainder of his life Toplady would write and debate on the subject, arguing at lenge planned to be Methodist pastor when read 39 Article.

He bitterly opposed the doctrines preached by the Wesleys, who lived at the same time, but his sincere Christian piety produced this great hymn, that has become endeared to many generations of Wesleyan followers.

In the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England. Toplady, a preacher in the nearby village of Blagdon, was travelling along the gorge when he was caught in a storm. Finding shelter in a gap in the gorge, he was struck by the title and scribbled down the initial lyrics

Scriptural references are all paraphrases. He cites Exodus 33.22, for instance, “when my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by.” And Psalms 18.2: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

Let me hide myself in Thee;

Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure;

Save from wrath and make me pure.

Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross I cling;

naked, come to thee for dress;

helpless, look to thee for grace;

foul, I to the fountain fly;

wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,

when mine eyes shall close in death,

when I soar to worlds unknown,

see thee on thy judgment throne,

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee.

Note stance one Let the water and the blood,

From Thy wounded side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure;

Save from wrath and make me pure.

Stance two Not the labors of my hands

can fulfill thy law’s commands;

could my zeal no respite know,

could my tears forever flow,

all for sin could not atone;

thou must save, and thou alone.

Nothing in my hand I bring,

simply to the cross, I cling;

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Ages_(Christian_hymn)

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https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-rock-of-ages-cleft-for-me

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Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah bio

William Williams was known Welsh Hymon composer. He is known as the father of Welsh hymnody. Originally he wanted to be an Anglican priest (in the Church of Wale until heard the a travelling evangelist Howell Harris, which lead to his conversion experience. Shortly after, he abandoned his Independent upbringing and desire to be a doctor to pursue ordination in the Established Church and felt he was called to be evangelist he also realizedq that the Welsh language was lacking in hymns—the church in Wales was still primarily singing metrical psalms in their worship services. To promote the creation of hymns, Harris put together a hymn-writing competition between the dan evangelist; He would go on to write many hymns in both Welsh and English.

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written in. Welsh dialect The title was lead through the wilderness” or Bread of Heaven A reference to Exodus 13:21 – the “fire and cloudy pillar” that the Israelites followed by night and by day, respectively. Since the Welsh love to sing this became evangelist tool

It later was translated. Into English by more than once, by Peter Williams.

William Williams (1717-1781) was born the son of a prosperous farmer in Wales.  He intended to become a physician, but at a revival meeting conducted by the evangelist, Howell Harris, committed himself to ministry.  In doing so, he solved a serious problem for Evangelist Harris.  The problem was this:  The Welsh love to sing, but there were few good hymns in the Welsh language.  The solution was this:  William Williams proved to be a prolific hymn writer—a great Welsh poet.

Williams wrote more than eight hundred hymns during his lifetime.  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is one of the few that has been translated into English and is the only one in common use in English-language churches today.

This hymn is a prayer for a person going through tough times—a person traveling through a barren land—a thirsty person in need of water.

Have you ever felt like that?  Have you ever felt confused, wondering where to turn?  Have you ever felt the need for someone to point you in the right direction!  Have you ever felt the need of a strong helping hand?  If so, this is your hymn—your prayer.  It admits, “I am weak,” but it answers, “Thou art mighty!”  It asks, “Hold me with Thy powerful hand.”  It prays, “Feed me till I want no more.”  And then it promises, “Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee.”

William Williams (1717-1781) was born the son of a prosperous farmer in Wales.  He intended to become a physician, but at a revival meeting conducted by the evangelist, Howell Harris, committed himself to ministry.  In doing so, he solved a serious problem for Evangelist Harris.  The problem was this:  The Welsh love to sing, but there were few good hymns in the Welsh language.  The solution was this:  William Williams proved to be a prolific hymn writer—a great Welsh poet.

Williams wrote more than eight hundred hymns during his lifetime.  “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” is one of the few that has been translated into English and is the only one in common use in English-language churches today.

This hymn is a prayer for a person going through tough times—a person traveling through a barren land—a thirsty person in need of water.

Have you ever felt like that?  Have you ever felt confused, wondering where to turn?  Have you ever felt the need for someone to point you in the right direction!  Have you ever felt the need of a strong helping hand?  If so, this is your hymn—your prayer.  It admits, “I am weak,” but it answers, “Thou art mighty!”  It asks, “Hold me with Thy powerful hand.”  It prays, “

Feed me till I want no more.”  And then it promises, “Songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee.”

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 till I want no more.

Feed me till I want no more.

Lord, lead me through the wilderness,

Me, a pilgrim of poor appearance,

Or. another tranI don’t have strength or life in me,

Like lying in the grave:

Omnipotent, Omnipotent

Is the one who brings me to the shore.

Is the one who brings me to the shore.

William Williams turned out to be both a great hymn writer and a great evangelist.  During his many years of ministry, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles (160,000 km), often drawing crowds of 10,000 people who came to hear his preaching and sing his songs.  He had a great impact on the people of Wales and, through his music, on all the world.Q

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