I Must Tell Jesus

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

I’d planned to share a song with you for two weeks. But our lives were turned upside down when we received news about my brother. He is in hospice with bladder cancer. We are spending as much time with him as possible. So, for a while, I won’t be posting regularly. But, please know you are in my heart and in my prayers.

The Author

Elisha Albright Hoffman (1839-1929) was a minister, hymn writer (over 2000 songs), and hymnal editor. When he wasn’t writing, he often ministered to the poor. After hearing a woman’s troubles, he said, “You must tell Jesus.” The woman replied, “I must tell Jesus!” And just like that, a song was born.

While researching Hoffman’s songs, I discovered several favorites among the titles. Have you heard or sung one or more of the following?

Are You Washed in the Blood? (1891)
Down at the Cross (1878)
I Must Tell Jesus (1893)
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms(1887)

The Song

I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me;
He ever loves and cares for His own.

Refrain:
I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus!
I must tell Jesus!
Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
He is a kind, compassionate Friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
Make of my troubles quickly an end. [Refrain]

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior,
One who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
He all my cares and sorrows will share. [Refrain]

O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict’ry to win. [Refrain]

Elisha Albright Hoffman, Public Domain

The Video

There are so many reasons to like this video. But let’s begin with the music. 😊 Gordon Mote is one of the most soulful pianists in gospel music. He is a two-time (2008/2010) Academy of Country Music Award winner for Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year. He has contributed to recordings by some of the biggest names in music.

Next is the quartet’s harmony. Tim Duncan is another reason why I like this video. Hearing him brings back many memories of standing in the congregation and listening to the baritone and bass singers. My late father-in-law was among them. Nothing like hearing a group of men declare the good news through song!

Finally, the lyrics. Did you notice the singer is singing to himself? Sometimes, the answer to our struggles is unearthing the truth buried in our hearts. We do that by reminiscing about God’s faithfulness in times past. And once that truth surfaces, it’s time to testify to our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits until a change occurs and we have the answer.

I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone. I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus! Jesus will help me, Jesus alone.

Photo courtesy of Larisa Koshkina on Pixabay

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy (Psalm 61:1-3).

Are you seeking shelter?

Vernon J. Charlesworth wrote “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” in a minor chord around 1880. Fishermen often sang the original tune when safely coming ashore amid a storm. Later, Ira D. Sanky removed several lines, added a refrain, and wrote another tune he thought people would find easier to sing.

If you’d like to read the original version, visit Hymnary.org.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Refrain: Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, 
A weary land, a weary land; 
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, 
A shelter in the time of storm.
A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no fears affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.
The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.
O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Author: Vernon J. Charlesworth Public Domain

Tune: Shelter Ira D. Sankey

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: Isaiah 11:1

I enjoy the Christmas play. The excitement. The last minute costume changes. The music. The hushed wonder. The laughter and the tears. For who can watch a reenactment of the Christ child and not remember the reason why He came?

And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. Isaiah 11:2-5

History
Words- 1816 James Montgomery
Music- 1867 Henry T. Smart

Favorite line
Gather all the nations to Him; ev’ry knee shall then bow down.