Just A Closer Walk With Thee
2 Corinthians 5:7-10 New International Version (NIV)
7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:7 is a short verse that a number associate with this hymn. Yet, for me, I found that this particular passage spoke more deeply of the possible motivations behind “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”
Sometimes this world in which we live feels cold as stone. Especially when we find ourselves in the midst of our troubles. Nothing makes the heart ache quite like the pain of disappointment or loss. Nor can anything make us feel more alone than when others don’t understand us, ridicule, or reject us.
Yet, it is always the relationship that is the most toxic or unhealthy we strive to keep. We spend so much of our time longing for the things we need, that we lose focus. We forget there is a God up there who loves us and understands us better than anyone else can ever hope to.
Whenever I listen to this hymn, it is hard not to long for the unwavering love of Jesus Christ. Just as it is difficult not to want to strive to do better, even knowing that sooner or later I’m bound to fall again.
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.
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.
While we may not know who wrote this heartfelt confessional song, one thing emits from its every word…
A deep desire to be close to the one who loves us and knows us more intimately than anyone on this earth. Our Lord and God. Our Savior.