Sunday, September 1, 2013

September Hymn of the Month - Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

The school I teach at has a theme hymn for the year.  Since it is September, I thought it would be appropriate to write about our hymn of the year.  Our theme hymn is "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer" by William Williams and translated by Peter Williams.  It is a Welsh hymn, and the Welsh title is "Arglwydd arwain trwy'r anialwch."  (I love Welsh titles.  I can't pronounce any of them, but they look fun.)  For those of you who watched the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012, you may remember that they had children's choirs from each of the countries that make up Great Britain.  The children's choir from Wales sang this hymn.  
As humans, we generally don't like the idea of an unknown future.  Sure, we may like a surprise now and then, but, in general, we don't want life to be full of surprises.  However, as Christians we know that even in the midst of the unknown, we have a God who will lead us and has already delivered us.  

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land.
I am weak, but Thou art mighty;
Hold me with Thy pow'rful 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 fiery, cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong deliv'rer, strong deliv'rer,
Be Thou still my strength and shield;
Be Thou still my strength and shield.

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, songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee;
I will ever give to Thee.