Abide With Me Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

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A D A/C# Esus

Verse 1

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Abide with   me fast falls the   ev  -   en  -   tide
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The darkness   deepens Lord with   me     ab  -   ide
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When other   help  -   ers fail and   com  -   forts  f lee
Help of the   helpless a bide with   me

Verse 2

A D A/C# E
Thou on my   head in early   youth    didst    smile
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And though re bellious and per verse   mean -  while
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Thou hast not   left     me though I   oft     left     Thee
On to the   close Lord a bide with   me

Verse 3

A D A/C# E
I need Thy   presence every   pass -  ing     hour
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What but Thy   grace can foil the   temp ter’s     power
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Who like Thy self     my guide and   stay     can       be
Through cloud and   sunshine a bide with   me


A D A/C# Esus
A D A/C# Esus
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Verse 4

A D A/C# E
I fear no   foe with Thee at   hand     to      bless
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Ills have no   weight tears lose their   bi  -   tter  -   ness
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Where is thy   sting     death
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Where grave thy   vi  -   cto  -   ry
I triumph   still   a bide with   me

Verse 5

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Hold Thou Thy   cross before my   clo  -   sing     eyes
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Shine through the   gloom and point me   to     the     skies
Fdim D/F# F#m D A/C# Bm
Thy   morning   breaks   and earthly   sha  -   dows   flee
In life in   death Lord  a bide with   me


In life in   death Lord      abide with   me


Abide With Me

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And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” (Exodus 33:15)


A question that puts much of our Christianity into focus is this: Would you be satisfied with God’s eternal gifts and blessings, without God’s eternal presence? If God made the best world imaginable — a world teeming with laughter, beautiful lands, sparkling oceans, delicious food, and remade bodies — would this world be a heaven to you if God himself did not dwell there?


Imagine the triune God was ruling the universe from heaven. Imagine him watching from such heights as to see but not be seen. Would you be content to live in paradise without God himself revealing his glory? Is the uncompromised prayer of your heart, “Abide with us”?


“Abide with Us”


Moses was confronted with enjoying God’s favor without God’s presence. The Lord tells Moses, “Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people” (Exodus 33:3).


Were we Moses, we might have found ourselves hearing this word and inwardly calculating: I get a homeland flowing with milk and honey and I get to avoid getting destroyed because of my sin — win-win. Yet if we settled on this receiving of God’s stuff without God’s presence going with us, we would fall short of Moses’s and the people’s reaction.


Upon hearing that God wouldn’t go among them lest he consume them, the people, instead of being relieved, mourned (Exodus 33:4).


And even after God promises his presence to Moses and the people, Moses says,


If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth? (Exodus 33:15–16)


Other nations had nice stuff, but they did not have the living God. Moses would have God as their inheritance. He would rather stall and perish in the wilderness than go forward into Jerusalem without his God going among them. Are we like Moses?


Because We Are Sinners


We should be. And we should be because, like the Moses and the people, we are sinners. Often, we run from God’s presence because we are guilty, but Moses reasons just the opposite.


Moses did not take God’s threat to consume them lightly. He wasn’t expecting God to just sweep the people’s sin under the rug. They had just made a golden calf and worshiped it as an idol.


We see his recognition of their guilt, but he uses this fact in his second plea for God to come with them: “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance” (Exodus 34:9).


Did you catch that? Come with us, Lord, because we are a sinful people. Instead of that being the reason why God might tarry away from them, it now became the reason for the plea. What happened?


Moses saw God’s glory. And in seeing his glory, he heard something: that God will have compassion and show steadfast love to those he chooses (Exodus 34:6–7). He can, through his redemptive plan, have mercy on those whom he chooses. And this makes Moses bow low in worship, and beg for God to go with them — a sinful people.


In a Land of Milk and Honey


So is our prayer, “Abide with me”? Not just, “Take away this pain,” or “Bring me this blessing,” but “Give me more of you”? Do we confess, “I need thy presence every passing hour” — and this because we know ourselves to be sinners?


Even as some of us dwell in a land flowing with milk and honey, may we ever sing,


Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day

Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away

Change and decay in all around I see

O Thou who changest not, abide with me.