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June 21, 2015

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My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. (Psalm 63:8)

That means that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.

Before a sinful man can think a right thought of God, there must have been a work of enlightenment done within him.

We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him” (John 6:44), and it is by this prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him. All the time we are pursuing Him we are already in His hand: “Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

So even the desire to follow after God, even the attempt “to chase fire” to try harder, since there is no good thing within me, I must give all the credit to God for every thought of drawing near. But the great burden, the discipline, the obedience is all up to us. He calls and hopefully we are obedient, hopefully.

  1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,  calling for you and for me;  see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,  watching for you and for me.  Refrain:  Come home, come home;  ye who are weary come home;  earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,  calling, O sinner, come home!

  2. 2. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,  pleading for you and for me?  Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,  mercies for you and for me?  (Refrain)

  3. 3. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,  passing from you and from me;  shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,  coming for you and for me.  (Refrain)

  4. 4. O for the wonderful love he has promised,  promised for you and for me!  Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,  pardon for you and for me.

Hopefully we will respond positively, in that we have a choice, but we will never be rewarded for halfhearted responses. Our God is a jealous God and a consuming fire, we either burn hotly for him or not at all.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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