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Drawing Nearer to the Lord

By Don Loftis | 09.27.09

I must admit that often during the song before my sermon, I slip into “preacher mode.” I am thinking more about what I am going to say than the words I am actually singing. However, Monday night at Hartsville, the song we sang garnered my full attention. “Nearer still nearer, close to Thy heart, Draw me, my Savior, so precious Thou art. Fold me, O fold me close to Thy breast, Shelter me safe in that haven of rest, shelter me safe in that haven of rest.”

Leila N. Morris wrote that song, one of over a thousand, in 1898. Its words would be a source of comfort to its composer in the blindness of her later years. Its thought captures our daily goal in living for Jesus. We desire for our relationship with Him to be intimate, and to be sure that those things which distract us from Him are removed.

Every day, we seek to develop the mind of Christ in our lives. We want to embrace His values and understand His will. We want to share His priorities and mission in all that we do. We want to possess a holiness that makes prayer meaningful and worship inspiring.

We may never fully arrive at our goal of closeness, but we will never forsake the quest. Every day, we will draw nearer to our ever present and unchanging Savior. We will be driven by the inspired words of the writer of Hebrews, “And since we have a great priest over the
house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:21-22).


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