God Leads Us Along

This is a slow meditative hymn which reminds us of God’s providence, even through difficult situations. 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 gives songs in the night.”

Words and Music: G.A Young

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

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.

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, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

May the Lord help us through our struggles in life.

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3 Responses to “God Leads Us Along”

  1. Henry says:

    Hi Chris, Your playing is improving… 🙂 some “incoming” keys need to be a little less strong/comes in a little too hard… Was experimenting using this mp3 – downloaded Audacity installed the free the vst-bridge and also the VST ambience plug-in, i manage to add some ambience to the track. Very nice reverb. Settings:Dry: 0.67, Wet: 0.37, Time: 0.84, Room Size: 0.84, Add EMI Equalizer for slight bass boss and mild high freq cut. 🙂 Result: Very nice!! Try it!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks. Will keep working on it and improving.

  3. steve may says:

    beautiful!! One of my favorites….add some jazz chords, drop the melody and arrange for vocal backing and I’ll buy it!

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