Saturday, August 13, 2016

"More Than Near"

"More Than Near"

    The greatest gift God gives to us in the Lord Jesus Christ is the gift of Himself, that is, His living, abiding, and heart-fulfilling presence both with and within us.  Nothing compares to this grace of all grace, and a long eternity will not suffice for grateful, loving adoration and thanksgiving of so good and great a Lord.

I can see a light in the darkness, 
I can hear a Voice in the void. 
I can touch the hem of a garment, 
and most of all I can know 
that He is here. 
His heart is more than near, 
for He is here. 

I can sense a peace in stormy wind,
I can walk upon a path of grace.
I can rest my heart always in Him
as by faith I look into His face.
For He is here.
His heart is more than near,
yes, He is here.

I can see a day that soon will come,
a sun anon will rise
when the course of all things will have run,
and I look into His eyes.
He will be here, 
His heart much more than near.
He will be here.

    No matter how dark, how silent, how alone, or how stormy life may seem, the Lord of born again believers in Christ abides at hand, and in heart.  Nothing changes this truth, nor can it be changed.  "I will be with thee" proclaims the promise sounding and resounding from the faithfulness of God's integrity and the promise of His Word (Isaiah 43:2).  He dwells in the very heart of us, and despite our presently limited awareness as we "see through a glass darkly", the Lord Jesus constitutes the great fact of our existence (I Corinthians 13:12).    He is indeed here, much more than near, and a day comes when "I shall know even as also I am known" (I Corinthians 13:12).  We look forward to that, even as we look faithfully in the present moment to see the Light that shines in darkness.  Yes, we can see, we can hear, we can touch, and we can know.

"I am with you alway."
(Matthew 28:20)
"I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
(Hebrews 13:5)

Weekly Memory Verse
    But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
(Hebrews 2:9)

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