Tag Archives: Jesus Still Lead On

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalJesus, Still Lead On
by Nikolas L. von Zinzendorf

Jesus, still lead on,
till our rest be won,
And, although the way be cheerless,
We will follow calm and fearless,
Guide us by Thy hand to our fatherland.

If the way be drear,
if the foe be near,
Let no faithless fears o’ertake us,
Let not faith and hope forsake us,
For through many a woe to our home we go.

When we seek relief
from a long felt grief;
When temptations come alluring,
Make us patient and enduring;
Show us that bright shore where we weep no more.

Hymn text in the Public Domain Text taken from http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

  • As you read the words of this hymn, can you honestly speak them? Are you really prepared to be “calm and fearless” when things are not going well?
  • How does the hymn writer characterize our fears? What gifts does the Holy Spirit give us to deal with fear?
  • We all think of grief and pain almost in the same breath. What else can happen to someone who is grieving?
  • Most people say that they need strength in order to deal with temptation. What qualities did the hymn writer consider to be essential when someone is facing temptation?
  • What consistent hope does the hymn writer keep before the believer in his time of trouble?
Advertisements

A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalJesus Still Lead On

Jesus, still lead on, till our rest be won;
and although the way be cheerless,
we will follow, calm and fearless;
guide us by your hand to the promised land.

If the way be drear, if the foe be near,
let no faithless fears o’ertake us,
let not faith and hope forsake us;
safely past the foe to our home we go.

Jesus, still lead on, till our rest be won;
heav’nly leader, still direct us,
still support, console, protect us,
till we safely stand in the promised land.

        By Nicolas I. von Zinzendorf

  • Paul said that it was a privilege to suffer for Christ. How does the hymnwriter express this thought?
  • Many people express great thanks and praise to God when things go very well for them and they seem to be winning every conflict. What does this hymnwriter say about days when things don’t seem to be going so well?
  • Verse 2 refers to a foe. When the hymnwriter says that we go past this foe safely, what does he mean?
  • It appears from the hymn that the hymnwriter has experienced an assortment of troubles in his commitment to serve Christ. What is the difference in his view of Christ’s presence in this life and Christ’s presence in the next?