Sunday, December 16, 2012

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Text by Joseph M. Scriven 
Music by Charles C. Converse 

What a friend we have in Jesus, 
all our sins and griefs to bear! 
What a privilege to carry 
everything to God in prayer! 
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear, 
all because we do not carry 
everything to God in prayer. 

Have we trials and temptations? 
Is there trouble anywhere? 
We should never be discouraged; 
take it to the Lord in prayer. 
Can we find a friend so faithful 
who will all our sorrows share? 
Jesus knows our every weakness; 
take it to the Lord in prayer. 

Are we weak and heavy laden, 
cumbered with a load of care? 
Precious Savior, still our refuge; 
take it to the Lord in prayer. 
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? 
Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
In his arms he'll take and shield thee; 
thou wilt find a solace there.

Someone has well penned this statement, "A Christian's practical theology is often his hymnology." Many of us could attest to this truth as we recall some deeply moving experience - perhaps the loss of a dear loved one-and a simple hymn which has been used by the Holy Spirit to minister to our spiritual need. Such a hymn is "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." Though it is not considered to be an example of great literary writing, its simply stated truths have brought solace and comfort to countless numbers of God's people since it was first written in 1857. So relevant to the basic spiritual needs of people are these words that many missionaries state that it is one of the first hymns taught to new converts. The very simplicity of the text and music has been its appeal and strength.

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" is a Christian hymn originally written by Joseph M. Scriven as a poem in 1855 to comfort his mother who was living in Ireland while he was in Canada. Scriven originally published the poem anonymously, and only received full credit for it in the 1880s. The tune to the hymn was composed by Charles Crozat Converse in 1868.

"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" has long been one of my favorite hymn.  Some songs you just sing in church, but this one truly speaks to your soul and it is something that I believe in living by.  I hope it gives each of you some inspiration today as well.
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." ( John 15:13)


silvereagle said...

As I read this today, I think of the horror of Friday in Newton, Conn. The closing of your writing speaks so forcefully of the sacrifice of the young teacher there who died protecting her students:
"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." ( John 15:13).

I am also reminded of the song "Beautiful Savior" -
"Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature...Son of God and Son of Man.."

We must remember that He is in control of this world every day, the good and the bad.

Jay M. said...

I, too, count this among my favorite hymns. To read about its origin makes it more special.

The picture is awesome, too.

Peace <3