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O Let me walk with Thee

About author

On March 15, 1864, Edwin Barnes was born in Shirley, Southampton, England. He relocated to Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1881. There, he led the Battle Creek College music department for nearly 20 years, founded a music club, contributed to a local festival, and directed the Battle Creek Conservatory of Music until 1926. Hillsdale College honored him with a doctorate in 1920. He died on April 11, 1930, in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Relevance Today

The hymn is based on Genesis 5:24 “And Enock walked with God, and he was not for God took him.”

The hymn presents life as a journey or a walk to heaven. It is a day-to-day venture.

It encourages us to walk with God continually. So, how do we walk with God? By faith in Him, just like Enock. Walk with God, even though you may not see the path. Just walk with Him.

There are numerous dangers on the path to heaven, from raging seas to thousands of snares from enemies (Ephesians 6:12). We have no option but to walk with God.

The last stanza reminds us to prioritize heavenly things (Matthew 6:33) and count the things of earth but loss. (Philippians 3:7) We are also reminded that the journey continues until we reach heaven.


Only those who walk with God on earth, drawing strength and wisdom from Him to walk rightly, will enter the gates of the Holy City. Take pleasure in thinking and talking of God in this life, and you will enjoy the life to come. my life today


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