Precious Lord, Take My Hand

Submitted by Evermore on Sat, 10/19/2019 - 8:12am

For I, the Lord your God,
    hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not,
    I am the one who helps you.” Isaiah 41:13

Stop. Take a moment to consider how, when and where in your life have you experienced God holding your right hand, guiding you and telling you that He will help you. Telling you to fear not.

     Unfortunately, it seems that often we are so busy moving from one thing to the next.  Going from day to day just trying to make it through to the next day that we miss God guiding us, helping us, leading us, comforting us.  We miss opportunities to feel the truth of what is happening beyond our understanding and our physical witness.  Nevertheless, He is there.  Providing protection, hope, love, peace and new mercies every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23).

     The writer of the gospel song/hymn Precious Lord, Take My Hand wrote the song to remind himself of the truths that he couldn’t see after the most difficult time of his life.  Thomas Dorsey left his pregnant wife at home, at her urging, to lead singing for a gospel tent revival only to find out through a telegram that she had died giving birth.  Upon making it home later that night he held his newborn son as he also passed away.  It was with the weight of grief and a broken heart that he penned the words to this song.

    I encourage you to listen to this song this week.  It is a song that brings me comfort in difficult times.  It is a song that reminds me of what is true when nothing else makes sense or feels right.  It is a prayer of submission and obedience to our Father who is in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13).

 -Harold Mansfield