There is something special about old time hymnals that just stirs my soul. They may be “outdated” for this new, modern era of Christianity, but to me, the old ways are still just as good as they were back in the day. When I sing these beautiful words to the Lord, I can’t help but get excited about my walk with Him. These hymnals bring praises right up to heaven with just the use of our mouths. When we sing to the Lord, He hears our praises and blesses us in return.
This evening I want to focus on one of my all time favorite hymns. The hymn is called, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”. Isn’t that what we are all striving for? We should all want a closer walk with God. There shouldn’t be a day that goes by that we don’t strive to get closer to Him in some way.
“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.”
The first verse of the song teaches us a lot about ourselves and how we should be within our daily lives. It teaches us that we are weak on our own but that with the help of God, we can have His strength no matter what we may be going through. Every morning that we are blessed to wake up to a new day, our prayer should be to ask the Lord to keep us from sin and doing wrong. Our hearts desires should be godly, holy, and righteous. If we recognize that we need God in every little thing that we do, we will become satisfied within every aspect of our lives. In order to be strong, to be sinless, and to be content with our lives, we have to walk close to God.
“Thru 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.”
The second verse of the song teaches us that within this world we are going to have trials and heartache. It teaches us that just because we serve the Lord doesn’t mean that we are going to have an easy, simple life. We also learn that the only person who will always be there to care for us no matter what is Jesus Christ. When we are burdened down and full of pain, we can have confidence in knowing that we can share our feelings with Jesus no matter what time of day it is or where we are at in the world.
“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.”
The third and final verse of the song teaches us that our lives will one day come to an end. One day our time will be up and we won’t have the opportunity to make things right with God anymore. We learn that in order to make it to the Kingdom shore, we have to be walking closely with the Lord, trusting in Him, and serving Him. It is important for us to be close to God so that we don’t falter and fall prey to sin. When we stay close to God, He will pour more of Himself into each of us daily until we are overflowing with His goodness.
“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.”
The chorus teaches us that we need to let things be with the Lord. It teaches us that when we are striving daily to be close to God, our Savior will be there for us. We have to have a desire burning within our hearts and souls in order to continue getting closer to God. It is when we become close to God that our lives begin to transform and we see God for who He really is. Our God is a God who wants to be there for us, He wants to strengthen us, He wants to lead us, and He wants to care for every aspect of our lives. It is up to us to take steps towards God daily, in order to see the work of God’s hands in our lives.
James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.“
We find in this scripture the importance of being clean from sin. In order for us to draw closer to God and for God to draw closer to us, we have to be set apart from the world we live in. We can’t draw closer to God with sin in our lives and God can’t draw close to us if we are continuing to live like the world. We have to take the first step towards Him by living holy and righteously for God. When we take the first step, God will meet us there and be there to help us to continue to walk in His ways. All we have to do is continue to have a desirous heart for a closer walk with Him.