by Judson Cornwall
©1977 by Fleming H. Revell Company
review by Charity Tatro

From the beginning of time God has desired a people who would want to abide with Him. A peculiar people, who want more than just the knowledge of God. A people who desire to intimately know Him and are willing to lay down their lives, their wills and desires, in order to have that kind of relationship with God. Throughout the scriptures we see the picture of God’s love and desire for this kind of people who will be set apart unto Him, a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6). In his book, Let us Abide, Judson Cornwall walks through Psalm 15 and gives a guideline of how we must adjust our lives in order to dwell in the presence of God Most High.

Oh Lord, who may abide in Thy tent?
Who may dwell on Thy holy hill
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised
But who honors those who fear the Lord;
He swears to his own hurt, and does not change;
He does not put out his money at interest.
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent ,
He who does these things will never be shaken.

Psalm 15

Have you ever found yourself moving from Sunday to Sunday or conference to conference seeking those “mountaintop” experiences in the presence of God, only to find your life unchanged after the climatic experience? God uses those experiences to stir in us the desire and hunger for His presence and to motivate us to seek after Him for an abiding relationship. But in order to have this kind of a relationship with God we must be willing to have our lives adjusted by Him. Judson Cornwall gives five different areas of our daily lives that need to be adjusted: walk, words, will, works, and wealth. Step by step he examines the scriptures and describes God’s plan for us in our daily walks in Christ.

Judson shares many of the personal struggles and trails that God brought him through. It encouraged my heart to read how the Lord used different circumstances to conform this man of faith and draw him into an abiding relationship. In conclusion to this book Cornwall writes “Until I came into an abiding relationship with God, I had been a frustrated worshiper.I could sing and praise, but I could not really worship. But as I learned to dwell in God, I found worship becoming a second nature to me. It was as natural as responding to the tenderness of my wife. It was fulfilling and gloriously satisfying. While praise so often was an effort controlled by my will, I found worship to be a nearly spontaneous response of my spirit to God when in His presence. Nothing can ever move the abiding one from participating in the exhilarating worship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; so let us abide!”

The Lord is returning for a bride without spot or blemish. We must be willing to lay down our lives and the pleasures of this world if we want to dwell with God and intimately know Him! If it is your desire to truly know Christ and to “live a life worthy of the calling” I am convinced that this book will be an encouragement as well as a stirring to keep you seeking after the truth. Many times while I was reading I had to stop (sometimes mid-sentence) and just start worshiping the Lord and praising His name because of the things He was stirring in my spirit. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”(2 Chronicles 16:9)

Let Us Abide!!!