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739. O for a Closer Walk with God

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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.

Text Information
First Line: O for a closer walk with God
Title: O for a Closer Walk with God
Author: William Cowper (1769)
Meter: CM
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Confession; Discipleship and Mission; Gift of the Holy Spirit (3 more...)
Tune Information
Name: CAITHNESS
Meter: CM
Key: D Major
Source: Scottish Psalter, 1635; Harm. The English Hymnal, 1906, alt.


Text Information:

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.


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