I want those You have given Me to be with Me!
("Every Day!" Author unknown, 1872)
"Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory!" John 17:24
Precious Savior, how does Your love to Your own redeemed people appear in these words! Nothing will satisfy You short of the eternal possession of those whom the Father has given to You, whom You have redeemed with Your own most precious blood, and sanctified by Your Spirit. It is Your will that they should be with You. You would have them in Your presence and in Your home — that they may behold You face to face, and share Your glory and Your joy!
And the love of Your redeemed people answers to Your love to them — their chief desire is be with You where You are. The visits of Your love to them here on earth, are their seasons of highest enjoyment — but they are transient, and they see You only as in a glass darkly. They desire to be with You far away from this world of pollution and sin — with You in the place which You have prepared for them! They desire . . .
to forever abide with You,
to forever dwell where You dwell,
to forever behold Your glory, and
to enjoy continual manifestations of Your love — and so forever be with their precious Savior.