While we are between John’s discussion on Jesus’ qualification as Intercessor and Mediator in Isaiah 53, and His devoted prayer for His disciples (and us) in John 17, I thought you’d be refreshed by another hymn. This one was written by Gerhard Tersteegen, 1697-1769, who authored no small number of hymns and poems. He is also attributed with the compelling quote, “A comprehended God is no God at all.”
This hymn is not well-known or often sung, but it should be 🙂
Allured Into the Desert
Allured into the desert, with God alone, apart
There spirit meeteth spirit, There speaketh heart to heart.
Far, far on that untrodden shore, God’s secret place I find;
Alone I pass the golden door, The dearest left behind.
There God and I–none other; Oh far from men to be!
Nay, midst the crowd and tumult, Still, Lord, alone with Thee.
Still folded close upon Thy breast, In field and mart and street
Untroubled in that perfect rest, that isolation sweet.
O God, Thou art far other than men have dreamed and taught,
Unspoken in all language, unpictured in all thought.
Thou God art God–he only learns what that great Name must be,
Whose raptured heart within him burns, because he walks with Thee.
Still by that wondrous Presence, that tenderest embrace,
The years of longing over do we behold Thy face;
We seek no more than Thou hast given, we ask no vision fair,
Thy precious Blood has opened Heaven and we have found Thee there.
O weary souls, draw near Him; to you I can but bring
One drop of that great ocean, one blossom of that spring;
Sealed with His kiss, my lips are dumb, my soul with awe is still;
Let him that is athirst but come, and freely drink his fill.