Drawing close to God

The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth.
(Psalm 145:18)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you.
(James 4:8)

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O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
(Psalm 63:1)

“I have cared for you since you were born.
Yes, I carried you before you were born.

“I will be your God throughout your lifetime —
until your hair is white with age.
(Isaiah 46:3,4)

My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1)

“I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.

“I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

“For I hold you by your right hand —
I, the Lord your God.

“And I say to you,
‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you’.”
(Isaiah 41:9, 10, 13)

Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you;
your strong hand holds me securely.
I am always with you.
(Psalm 63:7, 8; 73:23)

Amen.

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Psalm Prayer:

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.

(Psalm 23:4) 

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© Elaine Starner 2015 Photo credits: Thanks to Claire Pridgeon, Paul Stutzman, and Lana Turner for sharing photography I’ve used on this site. (Click on each name to see more.)

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