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 Thro' 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]
Baptist Hymnal, 1991
|First Line:||I am weak, but thou art strong|
|Title:||Just a Closer Walk with Thee|
|Refrain First Line:||Just a closer walk with thee|
|Liturgical Use:||Confession Songs|
No one knows when or where this song was written, but it became popular in the 1930s and 1940s in the South of the United States among African Americans, and spread from there. This song has three stanzas and a refrain. It acknowledges the frailty of human life and willpower, and asks for Jesus's companionship throughout our daily life.
The tune's origins, like those of the text are anonymous. CLOSER WALK is named for the text with which it has always been paired. The chromatic scale of the first phrase of the melody and the tune's association with concert singers are factors against use for congregational singing. However, the repetition within the song could help overcome this, since the same melody is used for the stanzas and the refrain.
This song is often performed in concert rather than sung by congregations in worship, but it may have congregational origins (Paul Westermeyer, Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 553). It is popular among choral arrangers, who explore the range of moods this tune can accommodate with varying tempos. For example, “A Closer Walk with Thee,” which is a medley of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and “Trust and Obey,” has a bluesy accompaniment at a quick tempo. “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” is a slow, soulful setting for choir and piano, and optional instruments and rhythm. A simpler version of “Just a Closer Walk” has a little swing and a short instrumental motif during the long notes of the melody.
Tiffany Shomsky, Hymnary.org
|Instances (1 - 31 of 31)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|African American Heritage Hymnal #455||Just a Closer Walk With Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||777 8||Hosea 11:12||2001||Everlasting Life | ; Fellowship | with God|
|Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #412||Just a closer walk with thee||Just a closer walk with thee||CLOSER WALK||2008||Traditional|
|Baptist Hymnal 1991 #448||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Irregular||2 Corinthians 5:7||1991|
|Baptist Hymnal 2008 #473||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irregular meter||2008||Prayer, Petition ||
|Chalice Hymnal #557||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irr. w. refrain||1995||God's Church | Life of Discipleship: Trust and Assurance; Adversity | ; Assurance | ; Comfort | ; Jesus Christ: Presence | ; Grief | ; Trust ||
|Complete Mission Praise #263||I am weak but thou art strong||I am weak but thou art strong||Irr||2000|
|Evangelical Lutheran Worship #697||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Irregular||2006||Lament | ; Holy Communion | ; Trust, Guidance |||North American traditional|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #835||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Irregular||2 Samuel 22:33; Psalm 73:26; Isaiah 41:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 13:4||2013||Christian Life | ; Discipleship | ; Living and Dying in Christ |||Trad. North American hymn|
|Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #430||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||18.104.22.168||Philippians 4:13||2007||Assurance | ; Comfort | ; Guidance | ; Journey | ; Pilgrim / Pilgrimage | ; Prayer / Petition ||
|Hymns of Faith #279||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||[I am weak, but Thou art strong]||Joel 3:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10||1980||Choir | ; Christ | Comforter; Fellowship | with God; Prayer | Hymns of||Unknown|
|Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #79||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anon.||Irregular||2015||Walking in Faith ||
|Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #286||Just a closer walk with thee||Just a closer walk with thee||77 78||1996|
|Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #783||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||777 8||1 Corinthians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Ephesians 6:10||2012||All Souls | November 2nd; Funeral | Sacraments; Burdens | ; Death | ; Eternal Life | ; Heaven | ; Love for Jesus Christ | ; Petition, Prayer | ; Presence of God | ; Refuge, Security ||
|Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #72||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||[I am weak but thou art strong]||1993||Jesus Christ our Lord |||Anonymous|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #661||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Psalm 62; Isaiah 26:3; Matthew 11:28-30; James 4:8||2013||Death and Dying | ; Jesus Christ | Friend; Hymns That Are Prayer | ; Elements of Worship | Confession; Elements of Worship | Forgiviness and Grace|
|Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #398||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||[I am weak, but Thou art strong]||N. J.||1979||Aspiration |||Traditional|
|Rejoice Hymns #426||Just A Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irregular||Deuteronomy 5:33||2011||Consecration | ; Discipleship | ; Guidance | ; Jesus | Friend|
|Sing Joyfully #394||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||[I am weak, but Thou art strong]||1989||Fellowship | with God; Jesus Christ | Guide||Unknown|
|Sing the Faith #2158||Just A Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou are strong;||CLOSER WALK||Anon.||Irregular with refrain||2003|
|Small Church Music #886||Closer walk||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anon.|
|Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #319||Just a Closer Walk With Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||[I am weak, but Thou art strong]||Anonymous||1989||Consecration ||
|The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #564||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irregular meter||1997||Walking with God | Aspiration and Consecration|
|The Cyber Hymnal #3480||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Unknown|
|The Faith We Sing #2158||Just A Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou are strong||CLOSER WALK||Anon.||Irregular with refrain||James 4:8||2001||Grace | Personal Holiness|
|The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #380||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Irregular meter||1986||Aspiration | ; Fellowship with Christ |||Traditional folk song|
|The New National Baptist Hymnal #356||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but Thou art strong||[I am weak but Thou art strong]||1994|
|The Worshiping Church #561||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irregular||1 Corinthians 12:10; Ephesians 6:10; Joel 3:10||1990|
|This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #253||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Ephesians 5; 2 Corinthians 13:4; Acts 10:12; Micah 6:8||1999||Trust | ; Holy Communion | ; Struggle, Faith |||Traditional|
|Timeless Truths #559||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but Thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Unknown||22.214.171.124 R||2 Corinthians 13:4||Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Just_a_Closer_Walk_with_Thee); Anonymous/Unknown, <i>The Blue Book</i> (147)|
|Worship and Rejoice #504||Just a Closer Walk with Thee||I am weak, but thou art strong||CLOSER WALK||Anonymous||Irregular||Ephesians 6:10; Luke 22:55-62; 2 Corinthians 12:10; Luke 1:38; 1 Corinthians 1:27; Mark 14:66-72; John 18:25-27; Matthew 26:69-75; John 18:16-18; Joel 3:10||2008||Conflict | Spiritual|
|찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #329||나 는 비 록 약 하 나 (I Am Weak But Thou Art Strong (Just a Closer Walk with Thee))||나 는 비 록 약 하 나 (I am weak but thou art strong)||CLOSER WALK||Irr.||Isaiah 6:8; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10||2001||기 도 | ; 신 뢰 와 확 신 | ; Prayer |||African American spiritual; Korean trans. The United Methodist Korean Hymnal Committee|