Psalm 16:7-11: I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 73:23-26: Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Fannie J. Crosby was the author of over 8,500 gospel hymns. Blind at six weeks of age, Crosby began composing texts at age 6. At 12 she began her study at the New York School for the Blind, a school she later served as a teacher.
One of the many beautiful hymns that Crosby wrote was “I am Thine O Lord”.
I am Thine, O Lord—I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me; but I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee.
Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, by the power of grace divine; let my soul look up with a steadfast hope and my will be lost in Thine.
O the pure delight of a single hour that before Thy throne I spend, when I kneel in prayer and with Thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend.
There are depths of love that I cannot know till I cross the narrow sea; there are heights of joy that I may not reach till I rest in peace with Thee.
Chorus: Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died; draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to Thy precious, bleeding side.
There are many difficult moments that we go through in life and we often fail to understand why these troubles come our way. Even the strongest of Christians have to deal with the pressures of daily life in this world that we live in. It is how we respond to these trials and temptations that define who we truly are as followers of Christ.
As believers, we have a hope – a promise – that one day we will “rest” in the presence of God. This hymn from Fannie Crosby is uplifting to me and it helps me to stay focused on the ultimate goal of any believer – to be in the presence of God. Crosby reminds us that we can’t possibly know or understand on this side of heaven, how much God loves us and cares for us. It is only when we finally are able to “rest in peace with God”, that we will truly understand the depths and the heights of God’s love for us.
The United Methodist Reporter , C. Michael Hawn, May 21, 2010
Osbeck, K. W. (1996). Amazing grace: 366 inspiring hymn stories for daily devotions (232). Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.