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"Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To thy precious, bleeding side."
As the daughter of a Southern Baptist music minister, the old hymns hold a special place in my heart. I love this one by Frances J. Crosby. Especially this stanza:
"Oh, 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!"
How I NEED my daily time with the Lord. In Psalm 119 the author admits, "I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words." v. 14 Now truth be told, I try not to do ANYTHING before the sun comes up. I enjoy staying in my warm and comfy bed for as long as possible each day, and breakfast with coffee must happen before I can put my mind on anything important. But once I am up and at it, I start looking forward to bible study and prayer. "O Lord, in the morning [ish] you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch." Psalm 5:3 Now as an avid indoorsman, you will not find me presenting a slaughtered animal to God as David did. Praise be to Jesus, He does not require it. But in the fast-paced society we live in, our time is a sacrifice. It is often difficult to carve out the margin to read, study, meditate and pray. But it's worth it. How do I know? This promise from James 4:8: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Thank you, Lord, for your constant presence with me.
I am joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is, “Near.”