Nearer, Still Nearer

Musician: Maureen Chung
Hymnist: Lelia Morris | Lyrics

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. | Hebrews 10:19-22

In the beginning, all was perfect.

God made everything good and He was in unspoiled communion with mankind. Once sin entered the world, that communion was deftly broken, and mankind could not even approach God, let alone have a personal relationship with Him.

The solution? God sent His only Son to be our Redeemer. He sent Jesus to take our sins and punishment by dying on the cross so that we could draw near to God once again. We didn’t earn it, and we certainly don’t deserve it. Yet God still loves us so fiercely! Now that we have Him, nothing else matters.

Nothing in this world can
satisfy our hearts like God.

We can try to do things with our own power. We can try to keep reaching higher to the next goal or the next thrill, but those things will only leave us empty and wanting more.

Only by drawing near to God, will we find rest and joy. When we give Christ our lives, we are changed forever! Our entire perspective shifts. What seemed impossible on our own is simple for God. We are literally in His hands from the moment we surrender to Him. He will carry us all the way through this life until we see Him in glory!

The composer of “Nearer, Still Nearer” was a woman named Lelia N. Morris (also known as Mrs. C.H. Lewis). She became blind in her later years but continued to compose hymns on a large blackboard. Even in her darkness, she saw Christ as her everything, and she wanted others to realize this same truth in their own lives.

Only Christ will satisfy.

The more we seek Him, the more we will know Him. In return, we will be changed into His likeness!

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