I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).
I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.
The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"
Today's featured hymn is "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us" written by Dorothy A. Thrupp (1779-1847) composed by William B. Bradbury (1816-1868). There is a bit of a mystery about who wrote the lyrics to this hymn. Dorothy A. Thrupp used to publish hymns anonymously under the pseudonym "Iota" or simply by using her initials - this Hymn is "thought" to be the written work of Dorothy A. Thrupp. However, we do know for sure that William B. Bradbury composed the music to this touching hymn.
I have included 2 YouTube videos of this wonderful song - the second one is a little bit "country" in nature - please take the time to listen & enjoy!
Turn with me to number 377 in your hymnals and let's sing:
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Uswritten by Dorothy A. Thrupp(1779-1847) composed by William B. Bradbury (1816-1868)
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, do Thou 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 tho' we be; Thou has 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 They favor, Early let us do Thy will; Blessed Lord and only Savior, With Thy love our bossoms fill: Blessed Jesus Blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still, Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
A special thanks to "BestLovedHymns" for sharing this with us!
A special thanks to "avrilthecranberries" for posting this on YouTube
Other Hymns on this blog:
What A Wonderful Savior!
All the Way My Savior Leads Me
Take Time To Be Holy
Be Still My Soul
Just As I Am, Without One Plea
Revive Us Again
Oh Beautiful For Spacious Skies
We Plow the Fields & Scatter
Have Thine Own Way Lord!
Lead Me To Calvary
He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought