500

My 500th post on this blog. I’m thinkin’ that’s a milestone!

I’ve seen this “landmark” coming and was wanting to make something for a giveaway, but I haven’t been physically able for the last month or two to do any crafty work, so maybe at another milestone.

On the way home tonight from our chapel ice cream social, our family sang one of my favorite hymns. As I savored these dear words, I thought that I would share them with you as the focus of my 500th post. After all, milestones are both for taking a look back and a look forward. This hymn covers all of that for me.

He leadeth me, O blessèd 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 follower 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, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He 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.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He 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.

He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
By His own hand He leadeth me;
His faithful follower I would be,
For by His hand He leadeth me.

I enjoyed this story I found on cyberhymnal.org tonight:
As a young man who recently had been graduated from Brown University and Newton Theological Institution, I was supplying for a couple of Sundays the pulpit of the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia [Pennsylvania]. At the mid-week service, on the 26th of March, 1862, I set out to give the people an exposition of the Twenty-third Psalm, which I had given before on three or four occasions, but this time I did not get further than the words “He Leadeth Me.” Those words took hold of me as they had never done before, and I saw them in a significance and wondrous beauty of which I had never dreamed.

It was the darkest hour of the Civil War. I did not refer to that fact—that is, I don’t think I did—but it may subconsciously have led me to realize that God’s leadership is the one significant fact in human experience, that it makes no difference how we are led, or whither we are led, so long as we are sure God is lead ing us.

At the close of the meeting a few of us in the parlor of my host, good Deacon Wattson, kept on talking about the thought which I had emphasized; and then and there, on a blank page of the brief from which I had intended to speak, I penciled the hymn, talking and writing at the same time, then handed it to my wife and thought no more about it. She sent it to The Watchman and Reflect or, a paper published in Boston, where it was first printed. I did not know until 1865 that my hymn had been set to music by William B. Bradbury. I went to Rochester [New York] to preach as a candidate before the Second Baptist Church. Going in to their chapel on arrival in the city, I picked up a hymnal to see what they were singing, and opened it at my own hymn, “He Leadeth Me.”
Joseph H. Gilmore

And for your listening pleasure, here are a couple renditions of He Leadeth Me.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wayne and Genene
    Jul 25, 2009 @ 09:00:05

    We share a love for that hymn also. The words have blessed and comforted me many times. Thanks for sharing. Congratulations on 500 posts!!

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  2. Laurie L.
    Jul 25, 2009 @ 09:34:26

    500 Posts IS a milestone!Congrats! And keep writing!Love that hymn! I'd never heard the story behind it!Thanks for sharing beautiful renditions of a most gorgeous hymn!(I'm weirdin out about the "easy chairs" in the first one, though!)

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  3. Laurel
    Jul 25, 2009 @ 09:47:32

    thanks guys :-)Laurie, I wonder if that means you haven't seen any of the Gaither Homecoming videos. They gather lots of musicians together (esp. but not exclusively southern gospel folks) to sing great hymns and songs of the faith. The videos are often done in as "homey" a setting as they can manage, hence the easy chairs. :-)Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog! ((hugs))

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  4. Wayne and Genene
    Jul 26, 2009 @ 14:48:06

    Is that "Smitty" in profile right after the vocal starts??

    Reply

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