1 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!
2 Return, O holy Dove, return,
sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made thee mourn
and drove thee from my breast.
3 The dearest idol I have known,
whate'er that idol be,
help me to tear it from thy throne,
and worship only thee.
4 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.
|First Line:||O for a closer walk with God|
|Title:||O for a Closer Walk with God|
|Author:||William Cowper (1769)|
|Topic:||Confession; Discipleship and Mission; Gift of the Holy Spirit(3 more...)|
|Source:||Scottish Psalter, 1635; Harm. The English Hymnal, 1906, alt.|
Merely longing for a restored relationship with God is not enough; real repentance requires amendment of life (stanza 3). The similarity of stanzas 1 and 4 suggests both continuity and improvement. This tune was one of the new common tunes in the Scottish Psalter of 1635.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|
|O For a Closer Walk With God Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days||O FOR A CLOSER WALK WITH GOD (Trinity Hymnal 534)|
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