This song, I think, represents the heart cry of every true Christian because it’s only as we are close to the Lord that life has meaning. I have sung this song as a prayer in my private devotion time. I love the progression in the verses.
The first verse just speaks of the longing to be close, sheltered, safe.
The second verse acknowledges that I have nothing to offer in exchange for this longed-for shelter.
The third verse moves on to reveal that I need to forsake my sin in order to be close to the Saviour.
Finally the fourth verse shows that this desired shelter will be an eternal one!
Nearer, still nearer, close to thy heart,
Draw me, my Savior, so precious thou art.
Fold me, O fold me close to thy breast;
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest,
Shelter me safe in that haven of rest.
Nearer, still nearer, nothing I bring,
Naught as an offering to Jesus my King –
Only my sinful, now contrite heart;
Grant me the cleansing thy blood doth impart,
Grant me the cleansing thy blood doth impart.
Nearer, still nearer, Lord, to be thine,
Sin, with its follies, I gladly resign,
All of its pleasures, pomp and its pride,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified,
Give me but Jesus, my Lord crucified.
Nearer, still nearer, while lift shall last,
Till safe in glory my anchor is cast;
Through endless ages, ever to be
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to thee,
Nearer, my Savior, still nearer to thee.