This classic hymn celebrates the loving and personal way God can lead His children. Through the joys and trials of this life, God helps us to be peaceful and strong in our thinking, all the way to the bright hope to come. Please give it a listen, then come back here for more thoughts.
God’s first request to the saved
When God raised Jesus Christ from the dead it made a difference.
Romans gives crystal clear instructions on how to get saved. Then, to the newly saved, Romans continues — paraphrasing here — “now that you know what has been accomplished by Jesus Christ so you can be saved, and now that you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, I beseech you to …”
God beseeches us to …. WHAT?
God beseeches us to … change our thinking, to renew our minds, to be TRANSFORMED —as new people with Christ in us the hope of glory!
How we become transformed
God tells us to be transformed by renewing our minds — by lifting our thoughts up to His thoughts. He has not created and then abandoned His creation. He wants to lead us in our thinking. Here are three important ways He does this:
God leads through scripture
“He magnified his word above all his name” the Psalm declares. The importance of scripture is impossible to overstate.
God leads through ministers
Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers lead through teaching and encouraging. Also, people not publicly ordained to these ministries are able and encouraged to lead.
God leads through revelation
The new birth includes everything God says it includes. He says it includes the ability to receive revelation from Him. Revelation from God will never contradict the written revelation in Scripture.
Why I like this song
“He Leadeth Me” recognizes and celebrates the truth that we need to be led, and God is faithful to lead. The lyrics remind us that not everything in this life is smooth and peaceful — the seas roar, the shadow of death looms. God’s lead does not extinguish all the bad from this fallen world. Rather it guides us through challenges to peace and victory, until we finally cross our “Jordan” and enter our Promised Land.
LYRICS: He Leadeth Me
Text: Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862
Tune: William B. Bradbury, 1864
He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
O words with heav’nly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful foll’wer I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.
Sometimes ’mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.
Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the vict’ry’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.
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