God Leads Us Along Hymn History and Lyrics – G A Young

God Leads Us Along Hymn Lyrics

Hymn writer: George A Young

In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.


Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose,
God leads His dear children along;
Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes,
God leads His dear children along.

Away from the mire, and away from the clay,
God leads His dear children along;
Away up in glory, eternity’s day,
God leads His dear children along.

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This song is a reminder that God’s providence is still with us even in our difficult moments. There are moments when we feel like God has abandoned us, we still need to know that God is still with us as we go through these challenging times.

The author of this song, George A Young was a rural preacher and carpenter who humbly served the Lord on a meager salary.

However, instead of complaining about his situation George Young and his family served the Lord as a loyal servant.

This preacher through their meager salary and resources eventually managed to construct a house on their own. They were happy to have their own house just like all of us would.

Unfortunately, while Young was away holding meetings in another area some bad people decided to make life difficult for this humble servant of God. They burnt the house down to ashes.

Instead of complaining and blaming God for not preventing this misfortune, George Young never lost his faith in the Lord.

It is out of this tragedy that he wrote this hymn that continues to bless us to this day.

This hymn was written in 1903.

Haldor Lillenas founder of Lillenas Publishing Company, a music publishing company, is one person whose life was impacted by this hymn.

He had just arrived in the United States from Scandinavia. The first years of his life in the US were hard but a kind lady befriended him and taught him the English language.

This same lady also introduced Haldor to Christ. The lady would sing this song, God Leads Us Along, to comfort him.

Later in life when he was an adult, he remembered this song that had been incredibly special to him in his time of need and wanted to find out something about the author, George A Young.

Unfortunately, he discovered that the songwriter had passed away. However, he managed to locate his widow who was living in a nearby town.

Haldor went to this town and managed to locate Young’s widow who was then living in a poor house.

Young’s widow told him of his life with her husband and how God gave them a wonderful life together until his husband passed away.

She told him that God had led her to that town, and she was excited and glad about it. She is reported to have added, “Isn’t it wonderful that God leads his children day by day and step by step?”

Never once complaining about her humble life she told Haldor that she loved the fact that she was able to assist the people in that town who were in need.

Haldor was so moved by this testimony and excited that he had found more than the story of the songwriter but also a woman who had fully surrendered herself to God’s will.

I pray that God will give me and you the same faith as this woman and her late husband who were so committed to God’s work that they appeared to brush away the difficult and humble life they lived.

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