“You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.”Deuteronomy 13:4
One of my favorite hymns is The Old Rugged Cross, by George Bennard. As I sing along “I will cling to the old rugged cross...”, I see myself on my knees, clinging to a splintered, weathered square pole, His feet just above me. My throat seizes mid-note, and all I can do is listen to the rest “… and exchange it someday for a crown.”
But do you know how to cling to Someone you can’t see or touch?
All my life, I’ve struggled with a God who feels so far away. I love Deborah Haddix’s post, 7 Practical Ways to Focus Daily on the Cross of Christ, because she provides a list of ways to touch, see, read, speak, and hear the cross. Her title says she offers 7 ways, but for each suggestion, she includes several examples.
My favorite is “Don’t forget the past, your past… remember and reflect on the work of the Cross and how it has changed you.” I know where I was, but now I know Who’s I am, and that’s why I cling to the old rugged cross.How do you cling to Someone you can't see or touch? Learn 7 Practical Ways to Focus Daily on the Cross of Christ on today's Grace & Truth. Click To Tweet
Before you visit Deborah, I’d like to offer four more scriptures to encourage you to cling to the cross today. After you read her post, come back and let us know what you thought and link up your own faith-filled posts. I’ve also included my favorite version of The Old Rugged Cross by Alan Jackson.
4 Scriptures to Encourage You To Cling To The Cross
“You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.”Deuteronomy 10:20
“But you are to cling to the LORD your God, as you have done to this day.”Joshua 23:8
For he clung to the LORD; he did not depart from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the LORD had commanded Moses.2 Kings 18:6
My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.Psalm 63:8
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The Old Rugged Cross
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