Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us
(Adapted from https://hymnary.org/text/savior_like_a_shepherd_lead_us)
While the authorship of the text of this hymn is debated, it is often attributed to Dorothy A. Thrupp. The hymn first appeared in a children's hymnal she edited (Hymns for the Young, 1840) and she often published hymns anonymously. Originally written for children, it is believed to be based upon Psalm 23.
From hymnary.org Bulletin Notes...
"Many versifications of Psalm 23 act as hymns of assurance and confessions of trust. We know the text well – “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” This text, attributed to Dorothy Thrupp, differs from those texts. Rather than an assertion of our faith, it is a prayer that stems from our faith. It goes, if you will, a step further than the psalm’s declaration. We know that God is our Shepherd. We know why we trust. And because we have that trust, we ask that God be faithful. We acknowledge our dependency and our emptiness, and ask that God would provide. We ask not in doubt, but in faith. Every verse of this hymn contains a promise we have from God, and a prayer we make because of that promise. This is how we are called to live our lives as followers of Christ – in prayer, because of faith. Thrupp’s text is a beautiful example of how we might live out that calling."
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