What A Friend We Have In Jesus
by Joseph M. Scriven
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.
It was never Joseph Scriven’s intent to write a hymn that would become famous and be sung by Christians from generation to generation. He simply penned a poem that hoped would comfort his ailing mother. (What are you giving your mother for mother’s day?) Scriven’s poem, originally titled “Pray Without Ceasing,” not only reminds us that Jesus cares about our needs and wants us to bring them to Him in prayer, but that He also desires to gift us with His intimate friendship.
12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.14 You are my friends if you do what I command.15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. –John 15
When we worship, both individually and corporately, it’s important that we recognize all that Jesus is to us – Savior, Redeemer, High Priest, Wonderful Counselor, Spotless Lamb of Sacrifice, King of Kings, Risen Lord, Intermediary, and Friend. We should not focus on only His friendship and leave out his majesty, for instance. Everything the Bible says about Jesus is true. Everything He declared Himself to be is real. He is the Bright and morning star, He is the Prince of Peace, He is the King who saves His people, He is the Everlasting High Priest, He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and He is our friend. We can’t skip that part. He made it possible to approach the throne of God in awe and at the same time be embraced by the Son. WOW!
Many other hymns and spiritual songs refer to the friendship of Christ. I Am a Friend of God, Jesus What a Friend for Sinners.
Who is Jesus to you? What other songs have you sung/heard that remind us of Jesus’ friendship to us? Please leave a comment.