A Friend I Have Called Jesus (Hymn)

A Friend I Have Called Jesus
Edna Worrell (1903)

A friend I have called Jesus, Whose love is strong and true,
And never fails howe’er ’tis tried, no matter what I do;
I’ve sinned against this love of His, but when I knelt to pray,
Confessing all my guilt to Him, the sin clouds rolled away.

Refrain

It’s just like Jesus to roll the clouds away,
it’s just like Jesus to keep me day by day,
it’s just like Jesus all along the way,
It’s just like His great love.

Sometimes the clouds of trouble bedim the sky above,
I cannot see my Savior’s face, I doubt His wondrous love;
But He, from heaven’s mercy seat, beholding my despair,
In pity bursts the clouds between, and shows me He is there.

Refrain

When sorrow’s clouds o’ertake me, and break upon my head,
When life seems worse than useless, and I were better dead;
I take my grief to Jesus then, nor do I go in vain,
For heavenly hope He gives that cheers like sunshine after rain.

Refrain

O, I could sing forever of Jesus’ love divine,
Of all His care and tenderness for this poor life of mine;
His love is in and over all, and wind and waves obey,
When Jesus whispers “Peace, be still!” and rolls the clouds away.

Refrain

I have quite a few “favorite” hymns, but this one has to be on that list somewhere.  My personal favorite line is: “I’ve sinned against this love of His, but when I knelt to pray, Confessing all my guilt to Him, the sin clouds rolled away.”  That would probably sum up my life in a nutshell.  This is just such an encouraging hymn.  Everything about it makes you want to “sing forever of Jesus’ love divine!”

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    I can’t recall hearing this one before but I can imagine my grandma singing up a storm! She always sang about her Friend Jesus – I’m glad I know Him too.

    Blessings,
    ann

    Reply

    • It’s a good one! Your grandma sounds like a great person, always singing about Jesus. People who are always singing about Jesus are wonderful people to be around and remember being around. And I’m glad I know Him too!

      Reply

  2. I think my favorite line is the same as yours. 🙂 Thank you, Ben, for our hymn Sundays! God bless you all the week long!

    Reply

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