No. 16 Jesus Pilot Me

In this era before sonar, everyone would have been familiar with the pilot boats that were associated with each harbor. These were manned by crews familiar with the typography of the seabed in that area. Boats coming into an unfamiliar port would not dare try to navigate it without the guidance of one of these vessels. To stray from the path indicated by the pilot boat was to risk running aground or, worse, the loss of the ship and all those aboard.

Verse 1:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me
Over life’s tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rocks and treacherous shoal;
Chart and compass are from Thee;
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Verse 2:
As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild,
Boisterous waves obey Thy will
When thou say’st to them, “Be still!”
Wondrous Sovereign of the sea,
Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

Verse 3:
When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar,
‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
“Fear not, I will pilot thee.”

J.F. Gould

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