The longing of my heart? “Just a Closer Walk with Thee!” Sound familiar?

There’s a old country gospel song that’s been running through my mind all morning since “coffee with the Lord.”… Found myself even “humming/singing” it during my “prayer run” today!

If you poke around a bit on Google you’ll discover its background and history is uncertain.  Some evidence strongly suggests it dates all the way back to southern African-American churches of the nineteenth century, possibly even prior to the Civil War, as some personal African American histories recall “slaves singing as they worked in the fields a song about walking by the Lord’s side. Hundreds… perhaps thousands of artists have sung it and recorded it.  In 1950, it was a million-seller for the country artist, Red Foley. It was also recorded by Elvis Presley,  Tennessee Ernie Ford made the charts with it in the late 1950s. One of my favorite recordings of “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” is the big band version of it recorded by the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and Chorus (not available on YouTube L)

All that to say… This old country gospel song expresses the yearning and desire of my heart as a follower of Jesus.  I know “I am weak – but He is strong!”  I need Him to “Keep me from all wrong” – Lord, my prayer is “Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil!” (the Lord’s Prayer).  I yearn for a “closer walk” with Him!

Here are the lyrics of that old “country gospel song” for your reflection and enjoyment and a vocal rendition for your enjoyment on YouTube (

“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.

“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.

“When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore.”

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