885. What a Friend We Have in Jesus

1 What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2 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.

3 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.

4 Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

Text Information
First Line: What a friend we have in Jesus
Title: What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Author: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Scripture: John 15:13
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/What_a_Friend_We_Have_in_Jesus); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (179); The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company, Quartets for Men, 1926 (140); The Gospel Trumpe
Tune Information
Name: ERIE
Composer: Charles C. Converse (1868)
Arranger: John B. Herbert
Meter: 8.7.8.7 D
Key: F Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/What_a_Friend_We_Have_in_Jesus); Faith Publishing House, Evening Light Songs, 1949, edited 1987 (179); The Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company, Quartets for Men, 1926 (140); The Gospel Trumpe



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