Nearer is all I long for.
A little closer to your heart.
Nearer to my LORD.
And two songs came to mind, and brought tears to my eyes. They express what wells in my heart as I reflect on this past year and look forward to the year to come…
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died.
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessèd Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the power of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine.
O the pure delight of a single hour
That before Thy throne I spend,
When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God
I commune as friend with friend!
There are depths of love that I cannot know
Till I cross the narrow sea;
There are heights of joy that I may not reach
Till I rest in peace with Thee.
And another song that came to mind today…
Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain
Free to all, a healing stream
Flows from Calvary’s mountain.
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.
Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.
Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.
Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.
Sometimes a song can say- even without words- what we feel, the passion and heart-felt joy or sorrow of a single moment-even a life-long prayer.
The deep desire for intimacy with a mysterious, loving, unfathomable, intimate God that created us all and desires to draw near to us!
He does the impossible.
And I need to hear that today. Because some days I feel so broken and spent I need to know- to remember- to resonate in the truth that I don’t bear this burden alone. And when I choose to I am rejecting the beautiful gift of God’s loving, sustaining presence.
The work of this day is simply inviting him in- moment by moment. Oh, it is so simple friends, but how easily I forget!
I stumble and find myself in a pit I dug myself in- and even now- when I know how he longs to enfold me in my brokenness, I struggle to turn to him in those moments when the ugliness of sin is showing- when my cracks are gaping wide.
And I hear his gentle, love-filled voice beckoning- come to me…
all you who are weary…
and I will give you rest.
By the grace of God, may we all rest in Him today.
One step toward Him- affirming once again- You are Lord, I need you.
One day- one moment at a time.
Come Lord Jesus.
Draw me nearer.