1 I have found a friend divine,
And his saving grace is mine;
When I trusted in his word,
Then I found the Lord.
It is now so sweet to stay
Where he wash’d my sins away,
Where his Spirit fills my soul,
Where he keeps me whole.
Oh, what a resting place!
Oh, what abiding grace!
Down at the cross of Jesus
Where I found the blessed Saviour;
There was the blood applied,
Now I am satisfied;
Oh, hallelujah! praise his name forevermore.
2 I will evermore abide
Near the Saviour’s wounded side—
Always rest securely there,
In his tender care.
When the storms of life assail,
When distress and grief prevail,
He will fold me to his breast—
Give me joy and rest. [Refrain]
3 Sinner, there is rest for thee
At the cross of Calvary;
Thy salvation is complete
At the Saviour’s feet.
Come and rest beneath the cross;
Count all else but earthly dross;
Come, ye ruined by the fall,
There is rest for all. [Refrain]
Judson W. Van DeVenter was born 15 December 1855 on a farm near the village of Dundee, Michigan. He was educated in the country and village schools, and at Hillsdale College. He later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. He wrote about 100 hymns.
Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >