God Be With You Till We Meet Again


I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20b).

I had intended to post this before my family and I left for an extended trip but alas I was hindered. Still, God Be With You Till We Meet Again is a song we can give, and sing, anytime. I first heard this hymn of love and comfort as a very young boy. I remember my mother turning on T. Perry Brannon’s Radio Revival on Sunday nights after church in Chattanooga. Rev. Brannon was long-time pastor of the Chattanooga Gospel Tabernacle (Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination). Rev. T. Perry Brannon preached on his radio-broadcast program, “Radio Revival,” in Chattanooga for many years. I can vaguely remember his voice but I fondly remember his program signing off with God Be With You Till We Meet Again.

As we go forward in this life, while we have breath, let us love each other lifting up burdens as if they are our own. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints (1 Thes 3:12-13).

The lyrics of God Be With You Till We Meet Again were penned by Jere­mi­ah E. Rank­in and Otis Presb­rey. The music most often used with the hymn God Be with You was written by Will­iam G. Tom­er of the Grace Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Wash­ing­ton, DC in 1882.

Cyberhymnal says this of God Be With You Till We Meet Again. “Written…as a Christian good-bye, it was called forth by no per­son or oc­ca­sion, but was de­lib­er­ate­ly com­posed as a Christ­ian hymn on the ba­sis of the ety­mol­o­gy of “good-bye,” which is “God be with you.” The first stan­za was writ­ten and sent to two com­pos­ers—one of un­u­su­al note, the other whol­ly un­known and not tho­rough­ly ed­u­cat­ed in mu­sic. I se­lect­ed the com­po­si­tion of the lat­ter, sub­mit­ted it to J. W. Bischoff—the mu­sic­al di­rect­or of a lit­tle book we were pre­par­ing—who ap­proved of it, but made some cri­ti­cisms, which were adopt­ed. It was sung for the first time one ev­en­ing in the First Con­gre­ga­tion­al Church in Wash­ing­ton, of which I was then the pas­tor and Mr. Bis­choff the org­an­ist. I at­trib­ut­ed its pop­u­lar­i­ty in no lit­tle part to the mu­sic to which it was set. It was a wed­ding of words and mu­sic, at which it was my func­tion to pre­side; but Mr. To­mer should have his full share of the fam­i­ly hon­or.”

God be with you till we meet again;
By His counsels guide, uphold you,
With His sheep securely fold you;
God be with you till we meet again
.

Chorus: Till we meet, till we meet,
Till we meet at Jesus’ feet;
Till we meet, till we meet,
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Neath His wings protecting hide you;
Daily manna still provide you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
With the oil of joy anoint you;
Sacred ministries appoint you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
When life’s perils thick confound you;
Put His arms unfailing round you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Of His promises remind you;
For life’s upper garner bind you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Sicknesses and sorrows taking,
Never leaving or forsaking;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Keep love’s banner floating o’er you,
Strike death’s threatening wave before you;
God be with you till we meet again.

God be with you till we meet again;
Ended when for you earth’s story,
Israel’s chariot sweep to glory;
God be with you till we meet again
.

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