Inspiration

Draw Nearer in 2022

As the year 2022 approaches, many people make resolutions or establish goals they hope to accomplish during the year.  These items may range from weight loss to establishing a sound financial management plan.  Christians should desire to improve their relationship with their Lord and Savior.  Why not make a concerted effort to draw nearer to Him in 2022?

Fanny Crosby wrote the lyrics to more than 8,000 hymns. One of her hymns, published in more than 600 hymnals, instructs believers how to drawer nearer to Christ.  Consider the words to “I am Thine, O Lord”.

1. 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 [Refrain].

NOTE: If you are His, hear his voice, read His word, then you will have a desire to increase in faith and be closer drawn to Him.

2. Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord,
By the pow’r of grace divine;
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope,
And my will be lost in Thine. [Refrain];

NOTE: The life we now live is no longer ours.  Our will must be lost in His.

3. 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! [Refrain]

NOTE: Find joy and delight in praying to God, our friend.  He calls us his friend when we keep His Commandments (John 15:14).

4. 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. [Refrain]

NOTE: We cannot fully comprehend God’s love for us, nor can we reach full joy in Him on this side.

Refrain:
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.

When the believer understands fully the work of the cross, the believer’s desire is to be drawn nearer to the cross, to have a closer walk with the savior, to give Him priority in our lives – to put Him first in 2022.