Draw neigh unto God and He will draw niegh unto you…
The Bible tells us that God has done EVERYTHING needful to bring us home; to forgive our sins and reconcile us back into God’s family; BUT WE ALSO HAVE A PART TO PLAY IN THIS RELATIONSHIP.
The Message (MSG)
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
COME To ME. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
The Bible tells us that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father, meaning He has finished His work.
But in spite of that, we see in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, after having seen His son a far off, the Father comes running to him, indicating that He had been prayerfully watching for his return each and every day.
The Message (MSG)
20-21 “When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
The Spirit Filled Believer
DRAW ME, LORD
by Dick Mills
“Draw me, we will run after thee…”
— Song of Solomon 1:4
We are told in the New Testament to draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to us (James 4:8).
In this verse, the bride (a symbol of the Church) says to the bridegroom,
“You do the drawing, and we will respond.”
This attitude is one of compliant submission to the actions of the bridegroom as a forerunner.
In Jeremiah 31:3 the Lord expresses His love for us in these words,
“With lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
In Hosea 11:4, He speaks of His children, saying,
“I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love….”
“Draw me” can be a statement of total dependence upon the Lord.
It implies a looking to God for all our needed help.
David says in Psalm 25:15,
“Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord….” Later he pleads to the Lord, “Send out Your light and Your truth. Let them lead me”
Jesus told us that He was going to be lifted up (referring to the crucifixion) and that He would draw all men to Himself (John 12:32).
He also stated that no man could come to Him except His Father drew him (John 6:44).
This prayer in Song of Solomon 1:4 is a good prayer to pray:
“Draw me, Lord, and we will run after You.”
I do believe there is a restlessness expressed in this statement. It comes from a soul that does not want too great a distance between itself and the Lord.
It is the expression of an earnest desire we all should have for closer communion with our Lord.
David said it for each of us in Psalm 73:28,
“It is good for me to draw near to God….”
[Source: The Spirit-Filled Believer’s Daily Devotional by Dick Mills]
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