I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, ‘Fear not; I will help thee.’Isaiah 41:13
Last night I fell asleep praying for the many people I know that are facing trials right now. It seems we all know someone who’s struggling with various challenges in their life. When I woke up I had the song Precious Lord Take My Hand in my dream. It’s a personal favorite whenever I need Him to draw nearer to me, and I’d like to share it with you today.
Precious Lord Take My Hand was written by Thomas Dorsey, not the famous ball player Dorsey. He has been called ‘The Father of Gospel Music’, and his music is loved around the world. The journey to this title and fame was a very difficult one.
Thomas loved music at a very early age. And in 1921, at the age of 22, Thomas gave his life to Jesus. Almost immediately he began writing Gospel music. He took great effort to circulate his musical scores, but it was three years before anyone started to notice. Little by little his reputation grew, not only as a songwriter but as a church music director.
In 1932 Reverend Dorsey was leading a church service, a man came on to the platform to hand him a telegram – his wife had just died in childbirth. Within 24 hours his newborn baby died also. Thomas quickly spiraled downward into the depths of despair, doubting the goodness of God and determining never to write another hymn.
A week after that horrible, life changing day, Thomas was deep into his grief, sitting alone at a piano, in a friend’s music room. Suddenly the room was filled with peace such as he had never known before. As that peace enveloped him, Thomas felt the urge to play the piano. His fingers found a familiar melody and the words to Precious Lord, Take My Hand began to well up from his heart and to spill out of his mouth. God had given him a song that would not only lift him from despair, but would also change the course of his music career.
Precious Lord, Take My Hand has been translated into more than 40 languages, has been sung by some of the biggest names in Gospel music, including Mahalia Jackson and Elvis Presley, and it was Dr. Martin Luther King’s favorite hymn. Reverend Thomas Dorsey went on to write many more hymns, including the famous Peace in the Valley, which when recorded by the Sunshine Boys in 1951, became the first Gospel song recording in history to sell more than one million copies.
If you are facing a heavy burden today, reach out to our precious Lord and ask him to take your hand today. Here’s Elvis singing Precious Lord Take My Hand: http://youtu.be/P1d4Rp8SXF8