Pillar of fire

Representative Text

1 The angel of the Lord encampeth
Round about us, round about us;
Round about the souls that fear him,
Night and day.

O pillar of fire, pillar of cloud,
Lead me, lead me ev'ry day!
O pillar of fire, pillar of cloud,
Lead me on my heav'nly way.

2 When danger hovers o'er our pathway,
He will hide us, he will hide us,
Safe within the mighty shadow
Of his wing. [Chorus]

3 We'll trust thee as we onward journey,
God of Israel, God of Israel,
Till we reach the land of promise,
Just before. [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #529

Author: Franklin E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The angel of the Lord encampeth
Title: Pillar of fire
Author: Franklin E. Belden
Refrain First Line: O pillar of fire



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Christ in Song #529

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