He will be with you 

He will be with you 

This hymn resonates with me today. I may not be facing certain death but I’ve been hit with news that I wasn’t expecting. A job that seemed a sure thing fell through and coming to grips with that isn’t easy. It’s happened over and over and over again… and it’s just disheartening. But i need this hymn tonight. I need to remember that no matter what… God is with us. He guides our paths. He directs our ways. And we need to trust Him. 

1. When you pass through the waters, 

I will be with you, 

And the waves will not 

Overcome you. 

Do not fear, 

For I have redeemed you, 

I have called you by name, 

You are Mine.
Chorus: For I am the Lord your God (I am the Lord your God),I am the Lord your God (I am) 

The Holy One of Israel 

Your Savior 

For I am the Lord your God (I am the Lord your God),I am the Lord your God (I am) 

The Holy One of Israel 

Your Savior 

I am the Lord (do not fear) 

I am the Lord (do not fear) 

I am the Lord (do not fear) 

I am the Lord (do not fear)
2. When you walk through the fire 

You’ll not be burned, 

And the flames will not 

Consume you. 

Do not fear, 

For I have redeemed you, 

I have called you by name, 

You are Mine.(Repeat chorus)

He has called us by name. Us. He has claimed us as His own. He has redeemed us! I ask myself as I ask you, reader – “what else do we need?” Yes, times may be rough. Yes, things may fall through. But God is there. He is truly there. To those who find faith in things of this world, but seem to feel empty in times of turmoil – God is there for you!
As I get ready to fall asleep, it is good to know that God has already won the victory for me. For His own. On that truth I rest my hope, and on that truth I rest my spirit. Amen. 

“Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah”

#hymnsforHim

Today at church we witness the baptism of a family. It’s always really neat to see baptism, and be a part of that sacrament – but today it was older kids, not infants. They knew a bit of why they were there, having water placed on their heads in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Their parents had trusted in Jehovah to guide them – and now they will be endeavoring more so to help their kids look for the same guidance. 
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, 

Pilgrim through this barren land. 

I am weak, but Thou art mighty; 

Hold me with Thy powerful hand. 

Bread of heaven, 

Feed me now and evermore.
2. Open now the crystal fountain, 

Whence the healing waters flow; 

Let the fire and cloudy pillar 

Lead me all my journey through. 

Strong Deliverer, 

Be Thou still my Strength and Shield. 
3. When I tread the verge of Jordan, 

Bid my anxious fears subside; 

Death of death, and hell’s destruction, 

Land me safe on Canaan’s side. 

Songs of praises, I will ever give to Thee. 
When we are weak, He is mighty. When we find ourselves in barren land, He is our crystal fountain. Death and anxious fears have no grip on us anymore. 

How beautiful a thought is it that, though we may be surrounded by evil which wishes harm on us He is ever there guarding us as only He can? When we need Him, He is there – like the fiery pillar – to give us what we need. Not necessarily what we want, or what we think we need. But what we actually need. 

Temptations will abound, and circumstances will try to drown His Word, and His Truth, out. But we must sing His songs of praises to ourselves, quietly reminding ourselves of His goodness. And when things get really rough, we need to sing those songs of praises loud, with vigor and strength! 

Remember that He would fashioned the universe with but a word also cares for us, His children! And if that concept seems strange to you, please reach out, and I’ll try my best to make sense of it! 

Have a great Sabbath everyone!