Sunday, October 18, 2009

O For a Closer Walk With God

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

~ William Cowper


Susan said...

This is a hymn I am not familiar with. Soul searching words.

Sandra said...

Great poem!!!

Debra said...

What a lovely poem Maxine! Thanks for sharing it!

robert said...

You mention that you love old hymns, and this one certainly ranks. It was written 240 years ago today. William Cowper had his struggles in life, particularly with emotional depression. But he was a perceptive poet.

In this song, he speaks of those times when we don't feel as close to the Lord as we once did. Perhaps something else has taken His place--an "idol"--and he is determined to root it out.

I invite you to check out my daily blog on hymn history, Wordwise Hymns. I think you'd enjoy it.