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My Favorite Hymn on Coming to the Lord in His Word

 

My favorite hymn on coming to the LordOne of the most helpful ways to prepare your heart to contact the Lord in His word is to speak and sing hymns and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16).

However, not every hymn or spiritual song will prepare you to have a personal and intimate touch with the Lord in His Word. The best ones are hymns that are enlightened prayers put into poetic form.

My favorite hymn for coming to the Lord in His Word, is “I Come to Thee Dear Lord”  by Witness Lee.

In this post I’ll use this apply this hymn to our practice of coming to the Lord in His word.

Come to the Lord with a Thirst for Him

The first stanza of this hymn says,

I come to Thee, dear Lord,
My heart doth thirst for Thee;
Of Thee I’d eat, of Thee I’d drink.
Enjoy Thee thoroughly.

 

This stanza really expresses the proper attitude in reading the Bible, that of coming to the Lord, to contact God Himself. Such a stanza directs our heart to the Lord. It is an echo of His cry in John 7:37, “If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink.”

May the Lord grant us such a mercy that we would be so thirsty for Him, even as the Psalmist said in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the hart pants / after the streams of water, / So my soul pants, / For You, O God, /My soul thirst for God, for the living God. / When will I come and appear before God?” May this also be our cry.

In contrast, the Lord Jesus, in John 5:39-40, told the persecuting religionists of His day,

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me. Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.”

From my personal testimony of over twenty years, I never met a man with so much thirst for the Lord as the author of this hymn. He lived the reality of what he wrote in this hymn.

Cry to Behold the Lord’s Face and Long to Drink of Him

Stanza two goes on to say,

Just to behold Thy face, 
For this my heart doth cry; 
I deeply long to drink of Thee 
My thirst to satisfy.
 

The prayer expressed in this hymn develops in stanza two from coming to the Lord to crying to behold the Lord. Surely this was the hearts longing of Mary the Magdalene, as she sat weeping in that garden cemetery on that early morning of the day of Christ’s resurrection. She could only be satisfied to see Jesus, to hear His voice, to contact Him personally.

May we cry to behold our dear Lord, that we may drink of Him such that our thirst is satisfied.

Delight to See His Face, Abide in Him and Behold Him Constantly

Then stanza three says,

Thy glorious, radiant face 
 My heart delights to see; 
 Here I’d abide and ne’er depart, 
 Beholding constantly.

Here the prayer advances to delighting to see the Lord’s glorious radiant face to such an extent that we’d abide here and never depart, even beholding constantly.

In 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul says that,

“We all with unveiled face beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.”

Such a constant beholding progressively changes us; it inwardly transforms us to Christ’s image, from one degree of glory to a further degree of glory.

Be Gladdened by, Filled with, and Rest in the Lord

Then stanza four says,

In such a fellowship 
Thou, Lord, art grace to me; 
My heart and spirit gladdened, filled, 
I enter rest in Thee.
 

From such a constant beholding, in fellowship, the Lord becomes grace to us, gladdens our heart, fills our spirit, and ushers us into rest in Him.

Linger, Seek, Continue and Flow

Finally, stanza five says,

Lord, I would linger here, 
Still seeking after Thee, 
Continue in the Word and prayer 
Till Thou dost flow thru me.
 

In this final stanza, we linger in the Lord, still seeking after Him. That we “continue in the Word and prayer indicates that this whole progression is in the sphere of our contact with the Word by means of prayer. That is, our coming to the Word should be our coming to the Lord, He Himself being God’s living Word  (John 1:1; 1 John 1:1-2). Then as we linger, continuing in the Word and prayer, the Lord flows through us.

It is interesting to note that such a hymn is under the category of the “Study of the Word—Feeding on the Word.” May our reading and study of the Bible be with such an attitude of  contacting God Himself, coming to receive Him as our life supply, by continuing in the Word with prayer.

Some points to apply in your fellowship with the Lord in His Word:

  • Ask the Lord to give you the desire for times in His Word that are increasingly in this progression.
  • Simply begin by coming to to the Lord in the Word with a thirst for Him.
  • Press on to beholding Him in the Word, then to abiding and beholding Him constantly.
  • Continue to be filled with Him to the extent that you enter rest in Him.
  • Finally, aspire to linger in fellowship with Him in His Word until He flows through you.

May all our daily times in the Lord’s word enter into such a divine progression of intimacy.

If you’ve been enlightened by this post, turn it into your personal prayer to the Lord. Also, take a moment to share what you’ve enjoyed in a comment.

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