But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all your works.
I. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF OUR SALVATION, AND THE FOUNTAIN FROM WHICH WE DRAW OUR SPIRITUAL SUPPLY. The waters of a stream become purer and better as we approach the fountain head.
II. Drawing near to God ENABLES US THE BETTER TO KNOW GOD. To know our fellow-men we must draw near to them. We may know something of God from tradition — from nature — from a cold and critical study of the Bible; but to know Him more perfectly we must draw near to Him, and thus know Him in our own Christian experiences.
III. IT INVOLVES A DRAWING AWAY FROM THE WORLD. Our arms are too short for us to walk hand in hand with God and the world. The great, clutchy arms of the world are about us, and the loving arms of God are extended towards us, inviting us to come nearer to Him.
IV. IT PUTS US IN OUR PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARD THE WORLD.
1. It enables the world to put a proper estimate on us. When we are far away from God, the world is in doubt whether or not to count on us.
2. It enables us to form a proper estimate of the world. We owe the world a great deal, and we never know how much until we draw near to God.
3. This is the secret of success in the Christian life. Are we to accomplish anything together for the Master? This will depend upon the distance between us and God.
(John Hall, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.