He Leadeth Me

He leadeth me! O blessed thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate'er I do, where'er I be, 
still 'tis God' hand that leadeth me.

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine,
nor ever murmur nor repine;
content, whetever lot I see,
since 'tis my God that leadeth me!

And when my task on earth is done,
when by Thy grace the victory's won,
e'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
since God thru Jordon 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.
- Joseph H. Gilmore -

Gilmore scribbled down these lines while visiting with friends
after preaching about the truths of Psalm 23 at the Wednesday evening service
of the First Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
He left this account:

At the close of the service we adjourned to Deacon Watson's pleasant home,
where we were being entertained.
During our conversation the blessedness of God's leading so grew upon me
that I took out my pencil, wrote the text just as it stands today,
handed it to my wife, and thought no more of it.

Without telling her husband, Mrs. Gilmore sent the verses to the
Watchman and Reflector Magazine where it first appeared the following year.
- Amazing Grace - Kenneth W. Osbeck -

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand,
saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
- Isaiah 41:13 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, sweet friends!

Linking up with:

Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth


The Bear's Blog said...

This is the BEST blog post I have ever read. Thank you.


Linda said...

Beautiful, I always enjoy your Sunday posts. Hopefully, you got your computer fixed. Blessings

Debbie Harris said...

Your photos of the elk give one a peacefulness while reading the words of this beautiful and inspiring hymn. The words penetrate the heart causing for reflection.
Just beautiful, Stephanie, as always.
Sunday's ate a real pleasure with your posts.

Bless you, and I miss you so much.
Love, Mom

Lady Linda said...

What an interesting post my friend. I look forward to you Sunday posts.
Much love to you sweet one.

Debbie said...

you too stephanie, i hope it's filled with love and family!!!

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful uplifting post.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Happy Sunday dearest Stephanie! I love these lyrics and the old hymns are my favorite in the church.

Come visit my blog if you can; I posted again!

Sam Newton said...

Sweet Stephanie, I so look forward to your Sunday blogs. Love those animal photos and another hymn story. Have a wonderful week.
Blessings and hugs,

Nina said...

A beautiful song, and precious truth - God surely leads and makes clear paths for us!
These photos are lovely, Stephanie ... I love the way the deers are looking at you - right towards ... being curious and so beautiful!
Blessings to your week,

My Garden Diaries said...

Such a beautiful post with such a strong message! Your photos are gorgeous friend!!! Have a blessed day! Nicole xo

Sandi said...

Thank you...


He restores my soul...one of my favorite lines in one of my favorite verses!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Stephanie, what beautiful photos of God's wonderful creatures, the elk!! And this song is one of great comfort and joy, knowing that He goes before me in all that He brings into my life!! Yes, He leadeth me...through it all! Thank you for these special Sunday posts...they are part of my worship time, and I am so thankful to read them! Blessings to you today, sweet Stephanie, and praise God for His many blessings and how He is always with us!! Hugs!

Mindy said...

Beautiful verses, beautiful photos and beautiful bit of history!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely Sunday hymn post and photos. God bless your week.

Judy Goddard said...

Just look at all those pretty elk bums! And "He Leadeth Me" is a song I often hum throughout a day. Thanx for sharing!

Mari said...

Such a beautiful Sunday post! I can hear the song in my head now and I enjoyed reading the history of it.

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful my friend. Truly a heart filled with the HOLY SPIRIT!
Lovely and the old hymns are my favorites.
Hugs and Blessings, CM

Deborah Montgomery said...

Thanks for sharing Stephanie. Love those old hymns.

Anonymous said...

A very special hymn to me, dear friend. I had forgotten the story behind this one and was excited to discover that the author was a Baptist! Have a blessed day. :)


Kelly-Anne said...

Oh! Dearest Stephanie... I have loved and cherished this beautiful hymn since a little girl! I treasure the words and love to hum the pretty tune... But I never knew the story behind it - thank you for sharing!
I pray your week is richly blessed, dear friend and filled with the joy and love the Lord!
*Sending hugs*,

Conniecrafter said...

Wonderful hymn and just love the story behind these. Your pics are wonderful once again! Have a great week!

Maria said...

Beautiful photos and uplifting words to read on this Monday, Stephanie! Thank you for sharing the story behind it! I hope you have a wonderful week! Hugs and blessings to you sweet friend!:-)

Bethany Carson said...

That's a lovely hymn, and your shots of the elk are awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

Kerin said...

Lovely to learn the history of such a beautiful hymn... thank you.

Love the pictures of the elk!

Have a happy week.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning dear one! Thank you so much for coming to visit my blog post. I will be having a lot of fun this summer, editing and revising!!! Anita

JES said...

What beautiful encouragement and photographs! Thank you for sharing all your inspiring posts with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays Stepanie! :)

Jill said...

Love these posts! I love seeing the lyrics to some of my favorite hymns written out next to beautiful photographs. They always seem to fit together seamlessly! :)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

How cool to know the backstory of the hymn Stephanie. Everything has a story doesn't it? Love your Sunday posts too.
Have a great week!

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