Closer to Jesus

Representative Text

1 The Savior is dearer to me ev’ry day,
The closer I live to Him;
And brighter His glory illumines my way,
The closer I live to Him.

Chorus:
Closer to Him, closer to Him,
I want to live closer to Jesus;
There’s no one so precious, so faithful to me,
And I want to live closer to Him.

2 His service grows sweeter and sweeter to me,
The closer I live to Him;
And more of His goodness and mercy I see,
The closer I live to Him. [Chorus]

3 His love more abundantly flows thro’ my heart,
The closer I live to Him;
And richer the blessings that He doth impart,
The closer I live to Him. [Chorus]

4 I’m longing the more in His likeness to be,
The closer I live to Him;
And surer I am that His face I shall see,
The closer I live to Him. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #143

Author: R. H. McDaniel

Rufus H. McDaniel was ordained in the Christian church in 1873. He found much joy in church music. He began writing hymns in the 1880's. He wrote, "I feel in my soul that God has something for me to do in brightening the experience of struggling souls. My chief desire is to be a blessing, if possible, to my fellow-men through these hymns and thereby glorify God in the name of his dear son 'whose I am and whom I serve.'" Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The Savior is dearer to me
Title: Closer to Jesus
Author: R. H. McDaniel
Refrain First Line: Closer to him closer
Copyright: Public Domain

Timeline

Instances

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Awakening Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services #139

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Rodeheaver's Sunday School Songs #d184

The Sheet Music of Heaven. The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song. 2nd ed. #d228

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Victory Songs #143

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