Finding God in “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”

By  Karen O’Connor:

On a tour I followed in the footsteps of Christian hymn composers, including William Williams — who penned “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”.

 

Group sing

My husband and I recently traveled to England and Wales for a tour of the homes, churches, and grave-sites of some of the great Christian hymn composers. Following each visit we were then able to sing one or two of the songs they composed.

One of the most profound experiences occurred as we sat in the living room of Welsh hymnist, William Williams. Finding God in “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” was an easy thing to do, when we reflected on the man’s words and then sang them with all our hearts. Williams, whose sixth generation descendant Cecil Williams and his wife still live in the original homestead, welcomed us and shared the family memorabilia they have on display.

Williams himself is considered the greatest literary figure the eighteenth century has produced in Wales, having written over 90 volumes and hymn collections, many of which are glorious poems that expound his vision and passion for his religious faith.

He was also an astute businessman and an influential and powerful preacher. But for me the most impressive thing about this experience was finding God in “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” as we sang the hymn in the very home where the composer once wrote and lived.

Be inspired by this YouTube video of the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Cardiff, Wales, singing Williams’ hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah,” with the lyrics on the screen.

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