Our Precious Lord

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Thomas Dorsey grew up in a Christian home in Georgia. His father was a pastor, and his mother was a church organist. He displayed considerable keyboard skills even as a boy, but, turning his back on his Christian upbringing, he could not resist the attraction of secular entertainment.

In 1910, when he was only 11, he took a job at a local theater. In 1917, he left for Chicago, where he became known as the “whispering piano player,” able to play quietly at parties in order to avoid police attention.

This lifestyle eventually took its toll, leading to a nervous breakdown when he was 21. Recuperating back home, his mother encouraged him to turn to God. But he returned to Chicago, gaining renewed prominence. Finally, after experiencing a second breakdown, he took her advice, renewed his commitment to Christ, and began writing Gospel music.

Then, in August 1932, his wife and son died during childbirth. Dealing with his grief, he wrote the song, “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.” Dorsey wrote, “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.”

God sustained him during this ordeal, and he wrote, “The night draws near, and the day is past and gone.” He felt God’s presence, holding his hand.

The message of this song is true for anyone going through difficult circumstances. As Thomas Dorsey learned, God is with us in every situation. In your life, remember that you do not have to fear. He is with you, to help and sustain you. Call on Him, and give Him your burdens. He will show you the way