He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.(Psalm 18:19 ESV)
And what is this “large place”? What can it be but God Himself, that infinite Being in whom all other beings and all other streams of life terminate? God is a large place indeed. And it was through humiliation, through abasement, through nothingness that David was brought into it.–Madame Guyon
“You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.(Exodus 19:4 ESV)”. Fearing to launch on “full surrender’s” tide, I asked the Lord where would its waters glide My little bark, “To troubled seas I dread?” “Unto Myself,” He said.
Weeping beside an open grave I stood, In bitterness of soul I cried to God: “Where leads this path of sorrow that I tread?” “Unto Myself,” He said.
Striving for souls, I loved the work too well; then disappointments came; I could not tell the reason, till He said, “I am thine all; unto Myself, I call.”–Charles Cowman
Watching my heroes–those I loved the best–I saw them fail; they could not stand the test, even by this the Lord, through tears not few, unto Himself me drew.
Unto Himself! No earthly tongue can tell the bliss I find since in His heart I dwell; the things that charmed me once seem all as naught; Unto Himself, I’m brought.–selected