~* GOD LEADS US ALONG *~
Words & Music by George A. Young, 19th Century

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christís sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
I Peter 4:12 & 13

The author and composer of "God Leads Us Along" was an obscure preacher and carpenter who spent a lifetime humbly serving God in small rural areas. Often the salary was meager, and life was difficult for his family. Through it all, however, George Young and his wife never wavered in their loyalty to God and His service.

The story is told that after much struggle and effort, the George Young family was finally able to move into their own small home, which they had built themselves. Their joy seemed complete. But then, while Young was away holding meetings in another area, hoodlums who disliked the preacher's gospel message set fire to the house, leaving nothing but a heap of ashes. It is thought that out of that tragic experience, George Young completed this hymn, which reaffirms so well the words of Job 35:10: "God my maker, who giveth me songs in the night." The words of this hymn have since been a source of great comfort and encouragement to countless numbers of God's people as they experienced the "night" times of their lives.

[JMS: This song and its history so touched my heart that I included the text in one of my books - Through the Fire - Book VI of The Bennett Vignettes.]



In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the waterís cool flow bathes the weary oneís feet,
God leads His dear children along.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternityís day,
God leads His dear children along.

CHORUS:
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.



*For Today*: Deuteronomy 1:30 & 33, Joshua 3:4, Psalm 73:24 & 25, Isaiah 58:11, Matthew 6:34

Determine for this day and for this new year to trust God more fully--regardless of the circumstances that may come your way.

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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