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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
"I Must Tell Jesus!"
Message summary: What a blessing that we can cast all our cares on the Lord and have an assurance that He cares for us. He ever loves and cares for His own!
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But up until last week we were not aware that a beloved hymn has its origins in Lebanon County. As we often do while traveling a distance Brooksyne reads aloud from a devotional book. Last Tuesday, as we were driving through Lebanon County, she read a story from Robert Morgan's book "On This Day" about Elisha Hoffman who was born in 1839 in a little town called Orwigsburg, PA (which most of you have never heard of). Howeverfrom 1821-24
was the scene of what church historian Ammon Stapleton calls "the
greatest local revival the Evangelical Church has ever known."
(However, apart from this quote, I was unable to find any details!)
Hoffman became a minister and prolific songwriter and many of us still
singing his songs today such as "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms", "Are
You Washed" and others.
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.
This song is a musical expression of Peter's short command in 1 Peter 5:7,"Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7). Perhaps Peter was alluding to Psalm 55:22 which states, "Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken."
But when I read this text I also wonder if Peter, who was famously a fisherman prior to his call to become a disciple, might have had a fisherman allusion in mind when he wrote the verse. During his last recorded fishing trip, an event following the Resurrection, he had heard Jesus say, "'Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.' So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish" (John 21:6)
Be encouraged today,
Daily prayer: Father, I must tell Jesus all of my troubles, for He is a kind, compassionate Friend. If I but ask Him, He will deliver, make of my troubles quickly an end. During times of trouble and tribulation; during times of sorrow and care; when tempted or lonely Jesus is there for me so prompt me, Father, to take my troubles to Jesus rather than foolishly wring my hands in utter distress. Jesus alone is the One who can help me when I go to Him, by faith, in prayer. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"I Must Tell Jesus" Video RBC singers
"I Must Tell Jesus" Video Interesting version
"I Must Tell Jesus" Video Joni sings "I Must Tell Jesus" and introduces songwriters, famous for their hymns, who had disabilities.
The Story Behind I Must Tell Jesus"
"Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" Video Gaither Homecoming
"Leaning On The Everlasting Arms" Video Iris DeMent (Dedicated to my brother Mike Weber)
"Tell It To Jesus" Video Another old song that came to mind in the course of preparing today's message.
In the course of looking for music complimentary to today's message I came across this: Hymn History of "How Great Thou Art"
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