Deuteronomy 4:1-8

Monday, February 11, 2019

So Near, So Far

Praying Effectively

What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him? Deuteronomy 4:7

It is impossible to overstate the spiritual significance of our God being so near to us for so long into our journey with Him. He is near us all the time and in all circumstances. He has been near us from the beginning and will be near us for eternity. Even when we fail to realize His presence prayer can remind us He is never far from our side. Perhaps no other poetry better captures the peace of His nearness than the hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee.” Sarah Flower wrote these lyrics in less than a week to follow her pastor's sermon on “Jacob's Ladder” (Gen. 28:11-19) in 1841.

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain:
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone;
Yet in my dreams I'd be nearer, my God, to Thee.

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav'n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy giv'n;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I'll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I'll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

There in my Father's home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior's love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be nearer, my God, to Thee.