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spent with God increase, and the moments of separation from God decrease. To cleave unto the Lord with all the heart and soul and consciousness is then at first a heavenly joy which ma}^ be tasted only once in Gradually it becomes a coma whole month. life

munion

of

soul

without which no week pa^es.

By

degrees it becomes an elevation of soul which Going on this way, repeats itself almost daily. this happy joy in God returns several times a day, so that even by night, upon waking, the nearness of the Lord is consciously^ felt. And though even so, the highest still remains beyond our reach, cleaving unto God begins to occupy ever wider room in our lives. And not intimacy with God in solitude, but intimac}' with God in the midst of our busy lives becomes the booty of the soul. Then it is no more a singing after Asaph: "It is good for me to be near unto God," but it becomes a singing like Asaph from blessed experience of heart. 67

''SAMUEL DID

NOT YET KNOW THE LORD."

When

asked of a person whether we know him, the meaning can be twofold. Casually, it may mean whether we would know him if we met him. With respect to his character it may mean whether we understand him. He, who on the eve of your departure for Java, entrusts an important document to your care, for sbme one living there, merely intends by the question whether you know him, to prevent j^our handing the same to the wrong person. When, however, it is

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 361

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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