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.

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.

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