Sunday, June 12, 2016

I Must Tell Jesus

"I Must Tell Jesus"
By: Elisha A. Hoffman

I must tell Jesus all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens along. 
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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Many New Testament promises have corresponding verses in the Old Testament that reinforce their power. When Peter, for example, said "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:6-7), he was but restating David's words in Psalms 55:22: "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."  
Elisha A. Hoffman loved those verses. He was born May 7, 1839, in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania. His father was a minister, and Elisha followed Christ at a young age. He attended Philadelphia public school, studied science, then pursued the classics at Union Seminary of the Evangelical Association. He worked for eleven years with the association's publishing house in Cleveland, Ohio. Then, following the death of his young wife, he returned to Pennsylvania and devoted 33 years to pastoring Benton Harbor Presbyterian Church. 
Hoffman's pastime was writing hymns, many of which were inspired by pastoral incidents. One day, for example, while calling on the destitute of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he met a woman whose depression seemed beyond cure. She opened her heart and poured on him her pent-up sorrows. Wringing her hands, she cried, "What shall I do? Oh, what shall I do?" Hoffman knew what she should do, for he had himself learned the deeper lessons of God's comfort. He said to the woman, "You cannot do better than to take all your sorrows to Jesus. You must tell Jesus." Suddenly the lady's face lighted up. "Yes!" she cried, "That's it! I must tell Jesus." Her words echoed in Hoffman's ears, and he mulled them over as he returned home. He drew out his pen and started writing

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


Hoffman lived to be 90, telling Jesus his burdens and giving the church such hymns as "What A Wonderful Savior," "Down at the Cross," "Are You Washed in the Blood?," "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," and a thousand more.
Taken from "Then Sings My Soul" by Robert J. Morgan

Farewell, and may the peace of God fill your mind.
Ashley

4 comments:

  1. This is an awesome story! I admire the time you give to give these stories to us! Thanks Ashley! They help me! :)

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    1. Dear Ellie,
      Thank you so much for leaving a comment. It's my pleasure; I love learning how hymns were written as well.
      Love,
      Ashley

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  2. Wow, the list of songs he wrote that you included at the end is quite impressive. And, "I Must Tell Jesus"! Oh, what a blessing this song has been to me and to countless others through the years! Praise God for this dear man and his obedience to pen the words God placed upon his heart. I love your posts with these wonderfully interesting stories, Ashley. God bless you, sweet friend!

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  3. One of my favorite hymns! My husband and I actually named our son after Elisha Hoffman--his name is Elisha Job. This song has had such an impact upon my heart and life. Thank you so much for sharing about it, Ashley--your posts always bless me.

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