~* NOTHING BETWEEN *~
Words & music by Charles A. Tindley, 1851-1933
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
I John 3:21 & 22
Born to slave parents and separated from them when only five years of age, Charles Tindley was a most remarkable individual. He learned to read and write on his
own at the age of 17, attended night school, completed seminary training through correspondence, and was ordained to the ministry. While attending evening
school, young Tindley supported himself as a church janitor. In 1902, Charles Tindley was called to pastor this prestigious church where he had once been the
janitor. The church prospered greatly under his leadership. Eventually several larger sanctuaries had to be built to accommodate the crowds of
every color and nationality that came to hear this humble preacher.
Charles Tindley expresses a concern in this hymn for many of the practices and attitudes that must be rejected if Christians are to be pleasing to their Lord.
The hymn reminds us that we must watch out for those allurements and temptations that can easily disrupt our spiritual courses: "Delusive dreams, sinful--worldly
pleasures, habits, pride, self, or friends." The Bible teaches that we are not to be conformed to this world but should know the transforming power of a spiritually
renewed mind (Romans 12:1 & 2).
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
Naught of this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all sinful pleasure;
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing between!
Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
Habits of life, though harmless they seem;
Must not my heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s nothing between!
Nothing between, like pride or station;
Self or friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s nothing between!
Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
Though the whole world against me convene;
Watching with prayer and much self denial,
Triumph at last, there’s nothing between!
Nothing between my soul and the Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
Nothing preventing the least of His favor:
Keep the way clear! Let nothing between!
*For Today*: Psalm 51:10; II Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 13:6; I John 3:18-24
Reflect on this truth: "The price of spiritual power is a purity of heart." Ask God to reveal anything that might hinder His flow of power in your life.
Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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