Hymns in Our Hearts: What a Friend We Have in Jesus

This charming hymn was written by a Mister Joseph Medlicott Scriven. Mr. Scriven was born in Ireland in the early 18th century. He studied at Trinity College and later moved to Canada to work and tutor. He was engaged twice to be married, but unhappily both of his fiancees died before the wedding. Mr. Scriven wrote this hymn to comfort his mother who had been ill. He died in 1886 at the age of 67.

This hymn is a hymn full of questions! Its contemplative melody tends to aim at letting us think as we sing about what is holding us back from bringing all to Him Who loves us. It is a lovely hymn with sweet words of comfort and also a reproach in a way to those of us who like to take our burdens on ourselves. I hope you enjoy learning this one and that it will stand as a reminder and encouragement to you!


What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

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.

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 your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

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.

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