~* SAVIOR, LIKE A SHEPHERD LEAD US *~
Dorothy A. Thrupp, 1779-1847

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 32:8

Divine guidance is the very essence of Christianity. The Bible equates being guided by the Spirit of God with being a child of God (Romans 8:14). But even as our natural children can sometimes rebel against parental authority, so we too can forsake God's leading in our lives and seek to go our own ways. God's leading then doesn't just "happen". There must be the sincere desire and willingness to be guided. With implicit faith, we must recognize that God has planned a path for each of His children, and we must deeply desire to follow that path wherever it leads. Scriptural promises such as Jeremiah 29:11-13 become our source of daily encouragement:

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye search for me with all your heart.


The author of this popular hymn, Dorothy Thrupp, was born and lived in London, England. She was a rather prolific writer of children's hymns and devotional materials although she seldom signed her name to any of her works. When she did, she would use a pseudonym. For this reason it has never been fully proven that she was the actual author of "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us". The hymn first appeared unsigned in her collection Hymns for the Young, in 1836.

[JMS: This is a very special hymn for our family, considering my salvation testimony and the fact that this hymn was included in our wedding music!]



Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
much we need Thy tender care;
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use Thy folds prepare.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, Thine we are.

We are Thine, Thou dost befriend us,
be the guardian of our way;
Keep Thy flock, from sin defend us,
seek us when we go astray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus! Hear,
O hear us when we pray.

Thou hast promised to receive us,
poor and sinful though we be;
Thou hast mercy to relieve us,
grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
We will early turn to Thee.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
We will early turn to Thee.

Early let us seek Thy favor,
early let us do Thy will;
Blessèd Lord and only Savior,
with Thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessèd Jesus, blessèd Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.



*For Today*: Psalm 23; Proverbs 16:1, 3, 6, & 9; Isaiah 40:11; John 10:14-16 & 27

Walk the path one step at a time in the confidence of God's leading and presence. Do not become burdened by the distant future.

Music

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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