Have you known the comfort of God's
is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of
trouble.… Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be
honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the
world. The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel
is our fortress.
Psalm 46:1,10-11 NLT
There is a place of quiet rest near to the
heart of God, A place where sin cannot molest, near to the
heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from
the heart of God, Hold us who wait before Thee near to the
heart of God.
There is a place of full release
near to the heart of God, A place where all is joy and
peace, near to the heart of God.
Cleland Boyd McAfee
Finding comfort in God's
Where do you turn
when unexpected tragedy strikes? Cleland McAfee, a
Presbyterian minister in Chicago, had just received word
that his brother and sister-in-law had lost both of their
daughters to diphtheria within twenty-four
Grief-stricken, McAfee couldn't think of deep theological
issues; he could only think of verses in the book of Psalms
that brought comfort and rest to those who sought refuge in
the Lord. As he meditated on God's Word, he wrote the words
and music to this simple hymn, "Near to the Heart of God."
At the double funeral, outside the darkened,
quarantined house of his brother, Cleland McAfee with a
choking voice sang this hymn publicly for the first time.
The following Sunday, his church choir sang it from their
pastor's handwritten copy.
Our God, Our Jesus is a Strong Tower ….we run into it
and are safe….Halleluiah…!