Back at the age of 12 years in the 1950’s at a Youth Camp, when I dedicated my life to Christ Jesus my Lord, I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I was then introduced to the hymn Deeper, Deeper by Charles P Jones. This is my testimony.
Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus Daily let me go; Higher, higher in the school of wisdom, More of grace to know.
Refrain: Oh, deeper yet, I pray, And higher every day, And wiser, blessed Lord, In Thy precious, holy Word.
Deeper, deeper, blessed Holy Spirit, Take me deeper still, Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus, And His perfect will.
Deeper, deeper! though it cost hard trials, Deeper let me go! Rooted in the holy love of Jesus, Let me fruitful grow.
Deeper, higher, every day in Jesus, Till all conflict past, Finds me conqu’ror, and in His own image Perfected at last.
👏Yes, we did sing it something like this with fervor at our Youth Camp ( perhaps ex drums) http://youtu.be/NF2YGAudbb0 😎
In hindsight at the ripe age of three score and ten, praise God, it has been indeed an adventure with The Lord, not without tears and fears, strength for the day and wonderful exploits galore through many career moves , church ministries local and international. 😤
Deeper, deeper in the love of Jesus – through the sunshine, rain, storms, sickness, pain, loss of loved ones. He has kept me in His love – He has been patient when I have hung back due distractions, and waited for me, till I kept pace with Him 😰
Has it been higher everyday? No. That speed would have made me proud or light headed requiring perpetual infusion of oxygen to survive. The Lord has gently led me in the sure pace of love – sometimes galloping in my youth, and sometimes at a clip in sedentary age with smaller strength and breath. Yes He has taken me in the school of wisdom and discernment, sometimes painful, yet resulting in never to be forgotten experience armed for the next level and for sharing with others. 😍
Has my life been lost in Jesus? It has been wonderful when lost in Jesus, but very costly when willful self has reared its ugly head to taste of what the world has offered with its enticements. Yes His grace has been new every morning and I have tasted and hopefully grown in grace towards others. His Word has been the foundation and the armour against the enemy in the heat of battle , unyielding opposition personally and in group, and has been my sustenance, through the wild unharnessed days of youth and now as yoked in love to The Lord for the future till His face I see. And so the next phase of my life seeks the Lord’s Holy Spirit leading and empowerment in a most terrifying and dreadful world, where right seems wrong and fears and anxieties and evil abound for those who do not have their hands in the Lord’s
👌VERSE 1: Lead me Lord, lead me by the hand And help me face the rising sun Comfort me through all the pain That life may bring There’s no other hope That I can lean upon
VERSE 2: Lead me Lord Lead me all my life Walk by me, walk by me across The lonely road that I may face Take my arms and let your hand Show me the way Show the way to live inside your heart All my days, all my life
CHORUS: You are my light You’re the lamp upon my feet All the time my Lord I need You there You are my life I cannot live alone Let me stay By Your guiding love All through my life Lead me Lord
VERSE 3: Lead me Lord Even though at times I’d rather go alone my way Help me take the right direction Take Your road Lead me Lord And never leave my side All my days All my life
👍Praise God. It has been a good run for me, and this anthem Until Then! still rings in my ears for the next lap http://youtu.be/QbiAVnADFfg
Psalm 71:1-8 NIV
1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. 5 For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. 6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. 7 I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 8 🙅My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.