Just a Closer Walk with Thee

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1 I am weak but thou art strong:
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
as I walk, let me walk close to thee.

Just a closer walk with thee,
grant it, Jesus, is my plea;
daily walking close to thee,
let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

2 Through this world of toil and snares,
if I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but thee, dear Lord, none but thee. [Refrain]

3 When my feeble life is o’er,
time for me will be no more;
guide me gently, safely o’er
to thy kingdom shore, to thy shore. [Refrain]

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Since it is uniquely the work and passion of the Holy Spirit, who is “our Sanctifier by living in our hearts” (Belgic Confession, Article 9) and “by the work of the Holy Spirit [God] regenerates us and makes us new creatures, causing us to live new life and freeing us from the slavery of sin” (Belgic Confession, Article 24), we plead for his power to continue this work. The Holy Spirit restores us into God’s image “so that with our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us...” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 32, Question and Answer 86). We come to know, therefore, that our growth in holy living will not occur without the Holy Spirit’s ministry.


Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Confession
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, we ignore you for days at a time. Myopic and obsessed, we pursue our own agendas and forget yours. Self-absorbed and self-serving, we forget you. But you alone are our Savior and guide. Please, a closer walk. We need a closer walk with you. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Tune Information

B♭ Major



Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Hymn Story/Background

This traditional beloved gospel song is still probably the most frequently played song at New Orleans jazz funerals. Probably of African American origin in the 19th century, It became known nationally in the 1930’s at African American church music conventions, and especially after the popular arrangement in 1940 by African American composer Kenneth Morris. A large number of recordings followed in many different styles by more than 100 recording artists by the end of the 1970’s, from Tennessee Ernie Ford to Elvis Presley, and it is still included in many hymnals.   
-From Wikipedia
— Emily Brink
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