~* HOLY SPIRIT, FAITHFUL GUIDE *~
Words & Music by Marcus M. Wells, 1815-1895

I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.
John 14:18

One of the Holy Spirit's ministries is to lead us each day wherever our heavenly Father desires us to best represent Him. When vital decisions must be made, the Holy Spirit can open the Scriptures to us and illuminate our minds. By this faithful guidance of the Holy Spirit, we come to love His Word and choose to follow His will for our daily living.

Many of our troubles occur because we fail to take counsel from the Holy Spirit and the Word. Instead of first praying and seeking guidance, we act and then ask God to bless our actions. We must learn the lesson continually that effective Christian living is totally dependent upon an awareness and appreciation of the Holy Spirit's intimate presence in our lives; we must have a willingness to be directed and controlled by Him.

"Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide" was written and composed by an American farmer, Marcus M. Wells. He gave the following account for its writing:

"On a Saturday afternoon in October, 1858, while at work in my cornfield near Hardwick, New York, the sentiment of this hymn came to me. The next day, I finished the hymn and wrote a tune for it and sent it to Professor I. G. Woodbury."

The hymn appeared in the next month's issue of Woodbury's periodical, The New York Musical Pioneer. These tender words still minister to us today:


Holy Spirit, faithful Guide, ever near the Christian’s side;
Gently lead us by the hand, pilgrims in a desert land.
Weary souls fore’er rejoice, while they hear that sweetest voice,
Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee Home.”

Ever present, truest Friend, ever near Thine aid to lend,
Leave us not to doubt and fear, groping on in darkness drear.
When the storms are raging sore, hearts grow faint and hopes give o’er.
Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee Home.”

When our days of toil cease, waiting still for sweet release,
Nothing left but Heav'n and prayer, with the hope our names are there;
Wading deep the dismal flood, pleading naught but Jesus’ blood,
Whispering softly, “Wanderer, come, follow Me, I’ll guide thee Home.”



*For Today*: John 14:16 & 26, 15:26, 16:13; Romans 8:4, 26, & 27; I John 3:24

Determine to be especially aware of and sensitive to the Holy Spirit of God's guidance, even in the minute decisions and actions of the day. Thank Him for His promised presence, even into eternity.

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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