Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." Isaiah 41:13

You might not know it, but what is probably one of the most famous gospel songs of all time was born out of a pretty bad situation. In the 1920's, a young and talented jazz artist named Thomas Dorsey was making a name for himself on stage and in night clubs all over. But God had a different name He was making for him...redeemed. Thomas gave his heart to Christ, turned away from his career in jazz, and started writing gospel music. 

Fast forward 10 years, then Rev. Dorsey was preaching the gospel and sharing his faith through his music. Until one Sunday while he was leading a church service, someone handed him a telegram stating that his wife had died in child birth. Then, only 24 hours later, the baby died. As you would imagine, Rev. Dorsey was overwhelmed by a flood of grief and despair. So much so that he questioned God and vowed to  never write another gospel song.

As the days went on, Thomas Dorsey struggled to keep his head just above the pain that was about to drown him. One day he sat down at the piano that seemed like the only place he felt comfortable; the place where he had met with and heard from God so many times before; seeking something and not really knowing if there was anything that could save his heart from the hurt. It was then that God put a melody in his spirit, and so Thomas just started playing it. Then he opened his heart and mouth through which flowed from the Lord's fountain these words..."Precious Lord, take my hand, Lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Through the storm, through the night, Lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home." 

When God sent those words through him, they weren't just for him. They were for me...and for you too if you need them. Though I didn't lose my wife during child birth, I almost did when she had a heart attack and subsequent double bypass surgery just a week and a half after my youngest daughter was born. And it was then and many other times that I as a grown man, needed God to hold my hand. During the times that I wished what was going on would go away and it didn't; times when I searched for an answer to the 'why', but no answers were to be found; it was those times that if God wasn't going to lead me around it, I sure needed Him to lead me through it...and I needed Him to hold my hand.

Maybe as you read this, you are going through something that feels like is about to eat you alive, even if its from the inside out. Maybe you feel like there is not one single ray of hope to be found in your life, and you believe giving up is the only option. God wants me to tell you what He told Isaiah, what I believe He told Thomas Dorsey and what He has told me..."...I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee."  God is the only one who can truly help you, and the best news is He really wants to. So right where you are, reach up to the Father...yes I mean it...reach up to God and say "Precious Lord, Take My Hand!". And see what God will do!

God bless you!

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