Hymns in Our Hearts: Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

The beautiful Welsh hymn called Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah was written by a Welsh preacher by the name of William Williams. Mr. Williams was highly esteemed as a preacher and traveled all over Wales for many years preaching the Gospel. He also wrote many books and hymns and became known as the “Sweet Singer of Wales”. Mr. Williams died at the age of 74 in his hometown in Wales.

This is a lovely hymn filled with such hope and strength! If you read it through it sounds very much like a prayer, but the music it is put to makes it sound like a wonderful anthem of faith that makes you want to sing it with all your might! This hymn also goes by the name of Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer as some versions start the first line with the word, “redeemer” instead of “Jehovah”. Have fun learning this one!

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
[or 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.

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.

Musing on my habitation,
Musing on my heav’nly home,
Fills my soul with holy longings:
Come, my Jesus, quickly come;
Vanity is all I see;
Lord, I long to be with Thee!
Lord, I long to be with Thee!

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