The poem I wrote (below) on Friday last pretty much sums up the theme of my life right now. Though there are still deep desires and longings in my heart that make my soul sad and burdened, I am falling into the practice of drawing ever nearer to God through each day, in worship, in song, in prayer, in writing, through the Word, and in my thoughts. If the Bible says that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us (see James 4:8), then it is a promise that I would like to claim. We just need to be intentional and diligent about it. Whether we are drawn in our fervent love and devotion to Him or in our desperation, we do it and that is a good thing. But when it comes down to it, it is really the Lord Jesus’ love stirring us to draw near.
…Then I will cause [her] to draw near,
And [she] shall approach Me… (From Jer. 30:21)
The latter part of the poem speaks about my testimony of what happened two Sundays ago during worship service.
If we walk in the light Where God abides We have fellowship with Him And the blood of Christ Cleanses us from all sin... Then why don't we draw near As often as Love leans in? If by His life We receive our own A new heart, new creation If in Him We are made righteous Sanctified, forgiven... Then why don't we draw close As often as Love calls? If we come to Him He promises rest From all our labors and heavy weights His yoke will be easy And His burden light... Then why don't we draw close As often as Love invites? If we run to the well He meets us there He makes us to drink His living water We'll never again thirst In this life And even forever... Then why don't we draw near As often as Love whispers? If in His throne of grace We'll find mercy In time of great need If from His hand All blessings flow Abundant, unhindered...
Then why don't we draw near As often as Love stirs? If at His feet We can cast all sorrows and cares And know that He knows Every grief, every burden Upon our shoulders And hears all our prayers... Then why don't we draw near As often as Love remembers? If at the cross Salvation flows Healing is ours Through the stripes That He bore... Then why don't we draw close As often as Love pulls? If in our praises He comes down And sits upon the throne Of our hearts' hymns and songs Rejoices over us Turns our mourning into dance...
Then why don't we draw close As often as Love rings out? If in His presence There is fullness of joy Sorrows are soothed As in the Lord we rejoice Hurts are forgotten As His face we behold... Then why don't we draw close As often as Love unfolds? In just one song Drawn from the soul My heart opened wide And my spirit soared Fear had no place In His glorious praise There is only grace All-abounding grace! I raised my hands Wanting to be lifted up To that place where He dwells Where there is only light. Love, overwhelming love Gripped me like a whirlwind All doubts and struggles Flew away and fled His presence is power There is like no other. Eyes tightly closed I found myself under The cross of Christ And I wondered Beheld His brokenness Speaking to me "Child, because of this, You are healed." Blood poured out Upon my upturned face As I received Every drop Of this precious blood By which I am saved. Tears trickled down As a keening cry broke out From the depths of my soul For I knew not What to say or pray for But the Spirit of God Interceded on my behalf. Draw near to God As often as Love resounds. ~ Rina R. Peru
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