But for Jesus

When I was far from God, filled with fear and deep distress

Author: T. O. Chisholm
Tune: [When I was far from God, filled with fear and deep distress]
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1 When I was far from God, filled with fear and deep distress,
Without the blessed joy I now possess;
In bitter want and woe, in guilt and helplessness,
What would I have done but for Jesus?

Refrain:
Where would I have been, with all my guilt and sin?
What would I have done but for Jesus?
When I was sinking down, beneath God’s righteous frown,
What would I have done but for Jesus?

2 ‘Twas then I chanced to look when One hung upon the tree,
‘Twas Christ, the Saviour dying there for me!
I know not how it came, but, looking, I was free—
What would I have done but for Jesus? [Refrain]

3 The peace which then I felt doth today my spirit fill,
When other comforts fail, ‘tis with me still,
I’m resting in His love, and fear no threat’ning ill—
What would I have done but for Jesus? [Refrain]

4 When griefs and troubles come He doth bear me thro’ them all,
His mighty arms support me when I fall;
He satisfies each longing, answers ev’ry call—
What would I have done but for Jesus? [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Pentecost No. 2 #12

Author: T. O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. 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 >

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First Line: When I was far from God, filled with fear and deep distress
Title: But for Jesus
Author: T. O. Chisholm
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Where would I have been, with all my guilt and sin
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: Public Domain

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