Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah | Lent Hymn of the Week

This week our hymn of the week reminds us to turn to God as our provider and guide, especially as we travel through the hard things in life.

Does this hymn remind you of any particular Bible stories?

One of the great things about hymns is that they remind us of God’s faithfulness. In this case, we see glimpses of the Exodus story, where God freed his people from Egypt and guided and provided for them through 40 years of wilderness wandering.

As you travel these 40 days of Lent, remember who we need to turn to when we feel weak, who is our provider, and who will guide us to the promised land.


Verse 1
Guide me, O thou great Jehovah,
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.

Verse 2
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.

Verse 3
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.

Scripture: Exodus 13, 16-17; Joshua 3
Text: William Williams (1762), stanza 1 translated by Peter Williams (1771)
Music: CWM RHONDDA, John Hughes (1907)
Copyright: Public Domain

image of the pillar of cloud guarding and guiding God's people through the red sea.
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