O Lord, I cannot plead my love of Thee:I plead Thy love of me:- The shallow conduit hails the unfathomed sea.
God is the one Who keeps us. We only love Him because He first loved us.
The contrast between God and man is demonstrated in the third line. In contrast to the immeasurable, immense ocean, we are nothing but a little dip in the road for the water to run into the sewer.
Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Christina was astute enough to recognize and battle her worst enemy: self.
Who Shall Deliver Me?by Christina Georgina Rossetti(1830-1894)God strengthen me to bear myself;That heaviest weight of all to bear,Inalienable weight of care.All others are outside myself;I lock my door and bar them outThe turmoil, tedium, gad-about.I lock my door upon myself,And bar them out; but who shall wallSelf from myself, most loathed of all?If I could once lay down myself,And start self-purged upon the raceThat all must run ! Death runs apace.If I could set aside myself,And start with lightened heart uponThe road by all men overgone!God harden me against myself,This coward with pathetic voiceWho craves for ease and rest and joysMyself, arch-traitor to myself;My hollowest friend, my deadliest foe,My clog whatever road I go.Yet One there is can curb myself,Can roll the strangling load from meBreak off the yoke and set me free.
I, too, need my God to harden me against myself - this coward with pathetic voice who yearns for rest, and peace, and joys. Thank the Lord, He is the One who breaks my yoke and sets me free. We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous, and He is the propitiation for my sins. I cannot plead with God because of my great love for Him. But because of His great love for me, I boldly approach the throne of grace.
More on Christina will follow.