One of the hymns we sang last Sunday was "Draw Me Nearer". It seemed very appropriate and the longing of us all after the great revival we had just finished the week before. As we sang the second line I noticed that more than one person sang "Concentrate me now, to Thy service Lord" instead of the actual words of the verse which say "Consecrate me now, to Thy service Lord". I've heard many people mis-speak this line over the years and always before I would think, "Why don't they pay attention to what the words are!" And yet Sunday when I heard them using "concentrate" instead of "consecrate" it started me thinking. I thought about the definition of both the words. The word "consecrate" that Fanny Crosby penned down in the second verse means: To declare or set apart as sacred; Dedicated to a sacred purpose; sanctified. These are decisions every Christian should make. We should dedicate our lives to Christ and we should be set apart from the world as we live for Him.
Then I thought about the other word so often mistakenly used in this verse: "concentrate". This word means: To direct or draw toward a common center; focus; To bring into one main body; To make less dilute; To direct one's thoughts or attention. I realized that this is also something that I want to do for the Lord. I want to direct others to focus on Him and be born into the Body of Christ. I don't want to be diluted but strong. I want my thoughts and attention to be on God.
So from now on when I hear the song "Draw Me Nearer", it will really not matter which word the congregation uses when they sing the second verse! Either one will draw us nearer to God.
Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.