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17 December 2019

A Few Thoughts About "Nearer My God To Thee"

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

Or if on joyful wing, cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upwards I fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!

Among many, I found this short description of the hymn:
Sarah Flower Adams was a British actress who received praise for her performance in an 1837 production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. After health problems disrupted her plans to continue with theater, she found comfort in writing poems and hymns.

Her most notable hymn, “Nearer, My God, to Thee,” came about in 1841 when Adam’s pastor was looking for a hymn for the following week’s sermon on Genesis 28:11-19, which is referred to by many as “Jacob’s ladder,” or “Jacob’s dream.” Adams offered to write the hymn and completed it within a week to go along with the pastor’s sermon. The hymn was originally set to music written by her sister, Eliza Flower, but another hymn-tune called “BETHANY,” written by Lowell Mason in 1856, has become most widely recognized and is most familiar to listeners today. (Source, warning it is a Mormon site).

Performed by Jean Watson

A few thoughts
B1 The poem concerns Jacob and is written in Genesis 28:10-22.
B2 Jacob had problems with Esau, his brother, who wanted to kill him. Jacob had been sent away from home to go to his relatives.
B3 He stopped at Bethel at night to sleep.
B4 He had a dream. God was giving Jacob a message, which was recorded for us in Genesis 28:13-15.
B5 It was so life changing that Jacob made a vow (Genesis 28:20-22), which he did fulfill (Genesis 35:7).
B6 Times may be sad, even heartbreaking, but God is aware and still taking care of us. His promises are sure.
C1 John 16:33 NIV "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
C2 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
C3 Matthew 28:20 NIV and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
C4 Luke 6:21 NIV Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
C5 James 1:12 NET Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.
C6 Psalm 23:4 NET Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff reassure me.
C7 Luke 4:18 NKJV The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed.

07 May 2015

Some Ways God Helps Us

Let your way of life be without loving money, being satisfied with what you have. For He Himself has said, "By no means shall I desert you, nor in any way shall I forsake you;" so that being confident, we may say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6, EMTV)


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How God helps us

  1. Helps us to remember Scripture

    1. The importance of Scripture cannot be understated.

    2. Gives us guidance to know our way.

      1. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalms 119:105, NKJV)

      2. There are many decisions to make. We need to use our mind, reason, and logic, but there still is the unknown. Things happen and best decisions might not turn out as we expect. The Bible gives many rules, principles, and examples of good and bad decisions.

    3. To know what is true and/or false (John 17:17)

  2. Does not leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5)

  3. Prays (intercedes for us) (Romans 8:26)

  4. Loves us (Romans 8:37-39, 1 John 4:9)

    1. The description of love is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

    2. This love, God's love, is a choice, not necessarily a passion. True love whether in marriage or family or friends may or may not have passion. True love is a choice.

  5. Chastens us (to correct our wrong behavior and for us to repent) (Psalm 94:12)

    1. This is just not rough times in our lives.

    2. It is to get us to repent and to do things God's way, according to His rules (1 Corinthians 11:32).

    3. He does this because He loves us.

  6. Strengthens us (Philippians 4:13)

  7. Gives grace, that is, something we do not deserve to help us resist and flee temptation. (Hebrews 4:16)

  8. Reminds us that He is stronger than the devil (1 John 4:4)

  9. Given us a Psalm to help us (Psalm 23)

    1. Gives peace and rest

    2. Restores

    3. Leads on the righteous path

    4. Remains close beside us even while we are dying

    5. Stays with us when trouble comes

    6. Blesses us even when our enemies surround us

    7. God's goodness and mercy are applied to me