In my devotional reading today I found a treasure. Oswald Chambers includes a quote in his November 17 entry in My Utmost for His Highest that is drawn from the hymn, "My Goal Is God Himself." The lyrics to this old song are inspiring.
I want to grow deeper in Christ and Chambers exhorts me to "abandon" and "obey." We grow deeper in God through obedience. This hymn gives words to my aspirations and longings. Below the lyrics I have posted a video performance of the song. Enjoy.
My Goal is God Himself
Lyrics by Frances Brook
Music by John D. Loudermilk
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
’Tis His to lead me there—not mine, but His—
At any cost, dear Lord, by any road.
So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.
No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
No matter though the cost be oft-times great,
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
The way that leads to Him must needs be strait.
One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my great Reward.