Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Daily Devotion: Draw Me Nearer

Bible Reading: James 4:1-8

Key Verse: Verse 8 – “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

Key Words: Draw nigh to God

This blessed song was the result of a visit made by Fanny Crosby to the home of the man who composed so many of the musical settings for her hymns.  She was the guest of Dr. William Howard Doane and family in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She looked forward to these visits not only because they afforded a change of location and relief from an even-then busy New York City, but also for the wonderful Christian fellowship which she found in the Doane household.

Late one afternoon, as they were all seated on the front porch of the lovely Doane home, they witnessed the glory of a mid-west sunset with all of the riot of color which only the Creator, Himself, could paint.  Though Fanny was blind yet she had witnessed many a sunset through the eyes of her Grandmother Crosby.  This day members of the Doane family were her eyes.  Then, as the sun began to lose itself beyond the horizon and the evening shadows began to fall, Dr. Doane spoke to Fanny of the nearness of God at a time like this – the marvel of the reality that the great Creator had become the Savior, and day by day our desire should be to live more pleasing in His sight.  Suddenly, in a moment of inspiration, Fanny asked Dr. Doane if he would write down a poem which had started in her mind during the discussion.  She dictated it line by line, verse by verse, and then a chorus – and so another heart-warming Gospel song had been composed by Fanny Crosby.  The next day Dr. Doane wrote the musical setting which has played such an important part in making it one of Fanny Crosby’s best-loved songs. 

Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious bleeding side.

What to do:
✞ Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.

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