Sunday Blessings

29 January 2012

{painting by Frederick Morgan}

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

— "O For a Closer Walk With God" by William Cowper

It is my prayer that this old hymn will become true in my life as well as the lives of those reading this post. 'Tis so easy to grow lax as we stride the narrow way, but it's never too late to turn back to His loving arms.

"Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you . . ." — James 4:8

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

4 epistles:

  1. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer, Elizabeth. It is my heart's cry too, and it really blessed my heart now as I read it.

    In His love,

  2. Love this hymn and is it not to be the prayer of us all?

  3. Dear Elizabeth,

    I awarded you on my blog! :)

    God bless,

  4. Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. I enjoyed visiting your unique site. It was the inclusion of William Cowper's fine hymn that caught my eye, since I posted an article on it myself yesterday. You're right, it does express an admirable aspiration--to walk closer to the Lord each day.


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