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What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
oh, what needless pain we bear.
All because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged —
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our troubles share?
Jesus knows our every weakness –
take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge —
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
you will find a solace there.

Joseph Scriven

  • The author of this hymn became engaged twice, and both times his fiancée died before they could be married. He wrote this hymn for his sick mother. How would you describe this hymnwriter?
  • In this hymn, Scriven describes what Jesus will do for us when we are in trouble. Find all the different descriptions.
  • What happens, according to the hymnwriter, when we fail to pray about our problems?
  • In the world at large, people are very concerned about their rights. How does Scrivener characterize the opportunity to pray? What do you think?

 

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A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalSavior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us 

1.      Savior, like a shepherd lead us,
much we need thy tender care;
in thy pleasant pastures feed us,
for our use thy folds prepare.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast bought us, thine we are.

2.      We are thine, thou dost befriend us,
be the guardian of our way;
keep thy flock, from sin defend us,
seek us when we go astray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Hear, O hear us when we pray.

3.      Thou hast promised to receive us,
poor and sinful though we be;
thou hast mercy to relieve us,
grace to cleanse and power to free.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
We will early turn to thee.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
We will early turn to thee.

4.      Early let us seek thy favor,
early let us do thy will;
blessed Lord and only Savior,
with thy love our bosoms fill.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus!
Thou hast loved us, love us still. 

  • The author of the hymn asks for guidance. What is troubling you that make you think you need guidance, too? Are you thinking about an issue you cannot resolve or a broken friendship or trouble in your family or international distress? Have you remembered to ask Jesus, your Savior for help in all these things?
  • It is quite common for people to accuse Christians of thinking they are perfect and everyone else is bad. How does this hymn refute that accusation? How do you refute it when somebody makes that accusation?
  • What does the hymnwriter believe will happen if he fails God? What does he do regardless of how faithful he himself is? 
  • When is the best time to ask Jesus for guidance through the day? What do we receive from him besides the help we ask for?

A Hymn for Meditation

O Master, Let Me Walk With You

O Master, let me walk with you
In lowly paths of service true;
Tell me your secret; help me bear
The strain of toil, the fret of care.

Help me the slow of heart to move
By some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay,
And guide them in the homeward way.

Teach me your patience; share with me
A closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong,
In trust that triumphs over wrong.

In home that sends a shining ray
Far down the future’s broad’ning way,
In peace that only you can give;
With you, O Master, let me live.

                              Washington Gladden

  • If you were asked to categorize this hymn, what category would you use? What three keywords would you use to find it in a collection if you did not know the name?
  • In your experience of walking with the Master, what secret gives you the strength to persevere when it is hard?
  • Verse 2 expresses great love and concern for people slow to grasp the good news and those who have wandered off the path. What strategy does it recommend to help these people?
  • Why do those who follow our Lord need patience?
  • How does trust triumph over wrong?

 

Describe a situation in which you saw hope in Christ shine light on your personal path.