Birds in Hymns – O For A Closer Walk With God

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) by Quy Tran

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) by Quy Tran

… and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. (Rev 3:4)

Author: William Cowper, 1731-1800
Musician: Old Irish Tune

O For A Closer Walk With God

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

Where is that blessedness I knew
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soulrefreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

Mourning Dove by Reinier

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their mem’ry still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove! return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn,
And drove Thee from my breast.

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,
Serene and calm my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.

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May we all desire to walk closer to God.

Go near and hear all that the LORD our God will say and speak to us all that the LORD our God will speak to you, and we will hear and do it.’ (Deuteronomy 5:27 ESV)

For what great nation is there that has a god so near to it as the LORD our God is to us, whenever we call upon him? (Deuteronomy 4:7 ESV)

But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. (Psalms 73:28 ESV)

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
(James 4:8 KJV)

Most information from The Cyber Hymnal

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2 thoughts on “Birds in Hymns – O For A Closer Walk With God

    • Considering that Cowpers lived from 1731-1800, yes, I would say that it’s old. :)
      Hi, April! I also like the words that challenge us to draw closer to God. I get most of these hymns from CyberHymnal (see link in sidebar).

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