My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. -Psalm 73:26 (NASB)
It’s when we’re at our lowest, finally at the end of ourselves, when God can use us mightily to His glory. He can take our broken, empty vessels and fill them to the point of overflow. Case in point: The song “Draw Me Close To You.”
In 1994, pastor and worship leader Kelly Carpenter was depleted. Despite all the ministry work he was doing, he realized he was concentrating so much on it that he felt disconnected from God. So he sat at his piano and started pouring out his heart…and out came one of the most memorable praise songs since.
Since 1994, “Draw Me Close” has been covered by scores of Christian bands and performers, lifting and comforting the heavy hearts of countless souls. And in my own life, I discovered it by hearing it sung by children in a lullaby DVD for my baby boy in 2013! Little did I know that God would use that lullaby DVD to speak to my heart.
So if you’re done with the trials and tribulations of life, and can admit that you can’t handle them on your own, open up to God and let His grace and strength and power and comfort and joy fill you to the point of overflow. He’ll buoy you up from nothing to a mighty instrument of His, lifted up, to lift up His other children, to His glory.
Kutless’ version of “Draw Me Close” adds rock rhythm to Kelly Carpenter’s song about our rock and redeemer.