All the Way My Savior Leads Me
The hymn, “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” was written with a heart of thankfulness by Fanny Jane Crosby (b. Putnam County, NY, March 24, 1820; d. Bridgeport, CT, February 12, 1915). On an occasion when she was in great need of five dollars, she prayed about the need to the Lord. Within a few minutes a stranger showed up at her door with five dollars. As she retells the story of how the hymn was born she wrote: “I have no way of accounting for this except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money. My first thought was that it is so wonderful the way the Lord leads me, I immediately wrote the poem and Dr. Lowry set it to music.” Lowry’s tune was called ALL THE WAY.
Their combined effort was first published in the collection by Lowry and W.H. Doane called Brightest and Best (Chicago, 1875, No.64). The scriptural basis given for the hymn was Deuteronomy 32:12, “the Lord alone guided him.” The first inclusion in a Southern Baptist Collection was in The Baptist Hymnal and Praise Book (Nashville, 1904, No.264).
Other scripture passages relate to the theme of this hymn also:
Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when He delights in His way.”(ESV)
Psalm 48:14 “For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and He will be our guide until we die.”(NLT)
Stanza two alludes to 2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
All of us would love to know what the future holds for us. But God knows the steps we should take on our journey. Waiting on the Lord and trusting in His leadership is not easy for many people. Choices that we make without God’s leading are often disastrous for us. We are impatient and want to make things happen. That is how we are conditioned by the world’s standards. But waiting on the Lord in prayer leads to a wonderful provision He was preparing for us all along. Following the Lord leads us to His joy in the times of trouble and humility in times of blessing. He is always ahead of us with a plan for our lives that will bring Him glory for His purposes. A plan for a future and a hope.
Take comfort in these scripture passages:
Psalm 32:8; John 10:3-5; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Proverbs 3:5-6;
Proverbs 16:9; Proverbs 22:3
- All the way my Savior leads me; What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who tho’ life has been my guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort, Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.
- All the way my Savior leads me; Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial, Feeds me with the living bread;
Tho’ my weary steps may falter, And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see.
- All the way my Savior leads me; Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised In my Father’s house above:
When my spirit, clothed immortal, Wings its flight to realms of day,
This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way;
This my song thro’ endless ages: Jesus led me all the way.