Fanny Crosby 1820-1915 and William Doane 1932 -1915
Fanny Crosby wrote the words to this song after visiting with William Doane in his home. They were discussing the nearness of God. She was inspired to write the words of this hymn. He composed the music.
They both had a love for God and Christian music and throughout their lives both wrote and composed thousands of hymns some we still sing today.
- I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to Thee.
- Refrain: Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died; Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Read Hebrews 7. I like the words in the ESV. Jesus saves “ to the uttermost” – completely and perfectly- those who “draw near to God” through Him!!!
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost[b] those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
As you read or sing the words of this hymn make it a prayer that G