I was given this song while ministering to some men in the Prince Albert Correctional in 1976. I cried, and they cried. I felt for them and they with me. God only knows how this song affected them in time.
Life’s a road that is hard to travel when you’re lonesome;
Everybody just wants to do his own thing.
And it’s hard when you don’t know just where you’re going
‘Cause when you’re through, you don’t know what the end will bring.
I’ve got a Friend Whom I know I can always count on
And that Friend will never let you down.
He’ll take you by your hand just as you are and guide you
And at the end of that road you’ll have a crown.
Some people think they’ve gone too far and there’s no hope left.
Some say they’ve tried most everything to no avail,
But let me tell you friend, I know I’ve got the answer:
Only Jesus Christ can help you on life’s trail.
Now when you hear His voice and take His invitation,
He’ll tell you who you are and where you’re heading to,
And He’ll fill your heart with love and joy and laughter
And with peace that passes understanding too.
Prince Albert, SK; June 1976
This is the first song I ever wrote as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ...nothing default by any stretch but it amazes me how that we knew so much of what was required of us while yet babes in Christ. Twenty-one years later, I feel we have only been learning what we've known all along, that faith is the key and substance of our walk with God, that we must come away from all carnal thought and participation in order to walk with God by faith and be pleasing to Him.
Twice in my life has the Lord enlightened me on this person in particular, once by revelation without the experience and the second time by a taste of what Job suffered, taking me back to my mother's womb, my earthly origins. It is not our righteousness.
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