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Hymn #4 – “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”

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Video: “Just A Closer Walk With Thee”, Sung by Alabama

Published on Youtube by GaitherVEVO on Aug 21, 2015

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.
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.
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.
Samples of work done from Jeanie, Debbie, Jillianne, Stephanie and Tiffany of the CBJ Facebook Group www.facebook/com/CbibleJ/


No one knows for certain when or where this song was written. Some references in Atchison, Kansas, credit an African-American foundry worker and vocalist, Rev. Elijah Cluke (1907-1974). Kenneth Morris, in 1940, added some new lyrics, a choral arrangement and published the song for the first time. The first known recording was by the Selah Jubilee Singers on 08 October 1941. By the end of the 1970s, more than a hundred artists had recorded the song.
The history probably goes back to an unknown writer in the slave fields of the South before the Civil War. This song became better known nationally in the 1930s when African-American churches held huge musical conventions. Southern black church choirs kept the hymn alive up to World War II and it spread from there.

Since no one knows the song’s origin, stories abound. One story goes like this, according to Horace Boyer... “On a train trip from Kansas City to Chicago, Mr. Morris exited the train on one of its stops to get some fresh air and heard one of the station porters singing a song. He paid little attention at first, but after he reboarded the train the song remained with him and became so prominent in his mind that at the next stop, he left the train, took another train back to the earlier station, and asked the porter to sing the song again. Mr. Morris wrote down the words and music and published the song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” that year, 1940, adding a few lyrics of his own to provide more breadth. Within two years the song became a standard in gospel music, eventually becoming a standard in Jazz, and then moving into the realm of American folk music, known and sung by many.”

People of all backgrounds can relate to the hymn because it represents the humble prayer of every Christian’s heart – and humble prayer is the kind God honours. The title and lyrics of the song allude to the Biblical passage from 2 Corinthians 5:7  which states, “We walk by faith, not by sight” and James 4:8, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Psalm 91: 1-2
Mark 1: 16-18
2 Corinthians 5: 7
2 Corinthians 13: 4
1 John 2: 6
James 4:8
Comfort, Guidance, Personal Relationship
The hymn acknowledges the frailty of human life and willpower,
and asks for Jesus’ companionship throughout our daily life.
History Information partially from https://www.godtube.com/popular-hymns/just-a-closer-walk-with-thee/
Gathered By Jeanie Edwards and Susan Stump

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