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Go forward

God's word commands that we go forward

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [God’s word commands that we go forward]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 God’s word commands that we go forward,
Though forward means the rolling sea;
But ere we step into the torrent,
Before our feet the waves will flee.

The waves will flee if bravely we go forward,
And we shall walk the way dry-shod;
What though the sea now rolls before us,
Forward go, go forward!

2 The Captain’s voice repeats: “Go forward!”
Although the path is not in sight;
Behind is death and desolation,
On either side the gloom of night. [Refrain]

3 Ye hosts of God, fear not, go forward!
All will be right if you obey;
The waters shall not overflow you,
For God will roll the sea away. [Refrain]

Source: Rodeheaver's Gospel Songs for church, Sunday Schools and evangelistic services #18

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God's word commands that we go forward
Title: Go forward
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: The waves will flee
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